-- Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI)
There's almost nothing to add to this.
If a Democrat had said it about the Republican Party, that person would likely be raked over the coals for being virulently and unfairly partisan. If someone wrote on social media about how Republicans had no vision -- and repeated it, no vision -- Far Right acolytes would be all over them about how stupid and divisive they were, and that they were proving everything bad about liberals who only want to destroy America.
But this wasn't said by a Democrat or a liberal. It wasn't even said by just any Republican. It wasn't even said by just any Republican Speaker of the House.
This was said by the Republican Speaker of the House...who was also the most recent Republican candidate for Vice President of the United States!!
And let's look again at what he said:
"We fight over tactics because we don't have a vision. We've been too timid on policy; we've been too timid on vision -- we have none."
If anyone in the entire country is at the front of the ship driving the Republican Party, who would know and understand deep in his bones what the Republican Vision is for America, what the Republican Vision is in order to explain what the GOP offers to Americans, what the Republican Party Vision is to convince Americans to vote for Republicans, it is Paul Ryan. He is their almost literally begged-for choice to lead Republicans in the House of Representatives as Speaker, as their Speaker, and he was their choice to be a heartbeat away from becoming President of the United States. If anyone drives Republican Vision...it is him.
And Paul Ryan, Republican Speaker of the House and most-recent Republican nominee to be Vice President of the United States, says that the Republican Party has no vision. And to make it clear, repeated it, "We have none."
Finally, something I agree with Paul Ryan about.
To be clear, despite what Mr. Ryan says to soften the blow, this isn't about fighting over tactics or being too timid. It is about having no vision. If one wants to complain about the Republican Party being too timid on policy, swell, complain away. But that's a mere offshoot of the larger problem. Having No Vision. You have to have a vision, after all, before you can be too timid about expressing it.
And if the Republican Party indeed has no vision -- which Paul Ryan, Republican Speaker of the House and most-recent Republican nominee to be Vice President, says. Then how on earth have they been daring to convince Americans to vote for them?
Vision isn't something you had for decades and then just lost it the other day, falling out of your pocket in the parking lot, or buried somewhere under a pile of last week's newspapers. If the Republican Party has no vision -- which Paul Ryan tells us they don't, twice -- then it's been gone for a long while. At least as far back as when he was running for Vice President and trying to convince Americans to vote for the good old GOP to lead America and the world.
And just to be clear, Don't Vote for the Kenyan Muslim Socialist black Nazi, "That One," is not a vision.
And also, Don't Vote for Liberals because They Are Ruining America is not a vision either. Because if you don't have a vision, if you don't have a clue where you want to go, you're the ones in far, far better position to ruin America.
But just to reiterate, when a political leader says, "We don't have a vision. We've been too timid on policy; we've been too timid on vision -- we have none"...it's a Republican leader who is saying that.
Indeed, it may be the Republican leader saying that.