House Speaker Paul Ryan’s coy cat-and-mouse game — trying to look as presidential as possible, then publicly bristling at any notion that he’s aspiring to the office — seemed to come to an abrupt halt yesterday.
Or did it?
But yesterday, Ryan took to national television to express shock, absolute shock, that while he was touring the Middle East last week — bolstering his foreign policy credentials, maybe? — people actually dared to discuss whether all this has been a thinly veiled signal to the GOP establishment that he’s ready to jump in if no winner emerges after the delegates’ first convention vote.
Ryan and GOP establishment members thrilled by the possibility of the House Speaker as savior probably also realized such a move could spur the worst-case scenario: Donald Trump and Ted Cruz joining forces to urge the delegates to block any late-game outside play for the nomination.
“As much as they don’t like each other, that would be the best move in the history of man,” said GOP strategist Ford O’Connell.