Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell Make Republicans Look Ridiculous by Completely Contradicting Each Other

1060540_10152270177157489_1203255079_nWhile most Republicans won’t admit it, liberals – and generally most people with common sense – can tell there’s a lot of internal friction currently going on within the Republican party.  It’s been that way since the tea party gained influence and began pushing the Republican party so far right that even conservative icon Ronald Reagan wouldn’t stand a chance at winning an election today.

You’ve had Boehner calling out tea party tactics and even tea party groups openly targeting Republicans who dare work with Democrats on anything.

It’s basically tea party Republicans who consider themselves “real conservatives” (whatever the hell that means) vs. the slightly less radical Republicans who understand that you can’t be the party that opposes everything mainstream while embracing ideas that only appeal to the most extreme conservatives in the country.

Yet tea party Republicans honestly believe that the reason why Republicans have struggled in national election is because they haven’t been conservative enough.  Which makes no sense when you consider that these candidates run in primaries within their own party to be chosen for the general election.  If even Republican voters don’t want these more conservative candidates, why would lesser conservative voters?

Well, two men offered completely contradicting viewpoints this weekend on the current state of the GOP.

Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan claimed that there’s no internal “civil war” going on, saying, “I don’t think there’s really this vast civil war in the Republican Party like many in the left like to suggest there is.”

Except, let’s take a look at what Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell had to say from 24 hours earlier when speaking about tea party Republicans – “I think we are going to crush them everywhere.  I don’t think they are going to have a single nominee anywhere in the country.”

So, within 24 hours, we have two leading Republicans offering completely different views of the current state of the GOP.

Ryan says there’s no “civil war” going on, just after McConnell professes his belief that incumbent Republicans will “crush” tea party Republican challengers.

And let’s not act like either of these two men are “moderate.”  Liberals generally loathe both.

These are two mainstream Republicans offering completely contradicting viewpoints on the current state of their party.  Which, when you think about it, shows the current state of dysfunction within the Republican party.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • bailey78

    Nothing they do makes America a better place for those that have to work for a living. They are as anti America as hitler was.

  • Sandy Greer

    Yeah, I saw Ryan on Face the Nation yesterday. Almost LOL thinking What planet is HE on? And then I thought: He’s afraid of the TeaPugs; is hedging his bets; trying to ‘curry favor’. Just SMH

    YES, there’s a Civil War in the GOP! Not a TeaPug? You’re a RINO, and open to Primarying. Young Guns have thrown a glove across the face of the Old Guard. Because the Truth is not many are ‘right’ ENOUGH for The Right.

    Bad enough what they’re doing in Washington. But they’re chasing anybody short of honest-to-God fascists right outta the GOP with their contempt for RINOs (Moderates)

    Big Tent, my ass.

    Good thing is: All those RINOs got nowhere to go but Left.

  • Gary Menten

    You have one bunch of Republicans (Teabillies) who think the GOP doesn’t win elections because the candidates the GOP nominates aren’t nearly right wing enough, and another branch (Establishment) who thinks they lose because the primaries are too long, thus exposing the candidate’s weaknesses and draining their war chests.

    It never occurs to any of them they are losing because their ideas are worthless.

    • “Conservatism can’t fail; it can only be failed.”

      • Gary Menten

        I surely give it an “F.”

    • Pipercat

      Ideas, are you mad? Sure see plenty of platitudes, fallacies, lunacy and outright lies, but ideas?

      • Gary Menten

        Sorry; I brain-farted for a moment.

  • Pipercat

    “Make Republicans look ridiculous?”