On Tuesday it was a battle, of sorts, between two Pauls: in the Badger State’s Republican primary, House Speaker Paul Ryan easily defeated Paul Nehlen III.
Donald Trump, who doesn’t agree with Ryan about much of anything, had endorsed Tea Party-backed Nehlen in the primary, until Wisconsin’s former top GOP operative, Reince Priebus, forced him to try just a little bit harder to pretend to be a Republican. Which meant that Trump then threw Nehlen under the bus by endorsing Ryan only days before the primary.
Nehlen wants to deport all Sharia-adhering Muslims from the United States, and he is also in favor of the federal government monitoring every mosque.
Also suffering defeat at Ryan’s hands on Tuesday was a third-party candidate, Spencer Zimmerman, a 2006 graduate of prestigious Edgewood College in Madison. Zimmerman is a member of the “Trump Conservative party” – an oxymoron if ever there was
one – whose previous foray into elective politics was in Nebraska in 2012, when he spectacularly lost in his effort to defeat Sen. Deb Fischer (R-Nebraska) in the 2012 Nebraska Republican primary, 1,601 to 79,941.
Into all this mix came a solitary reporter who is, just like Richard Cohen of The Washington Post, notoriously addicted to the daily bile that comes out of Donald Trump’s mouth (https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/buttered-croissants-coffee--and-donald-trump-im-addicted/2016/08/08/688080f2-5d86-11e6-9d2f-b1a3564181a1_story.html?wpisrc=nl_heads-draw6&wpmm=1). So the solitary reporter asked Trump’s campaign manager, Paul Manafort, “Paul, whom will Mr. Trump throw under the bus next?”
Manafort’s response was swift and decisive: “SR, that’s easy. It’s Mike Pence. Governor Pence and Mr. Trump don’t agree about much of anything."