Paul Ryan took a victory lap that had Democrat-controlled media outlets laughing at him

Donald Trump’s administration was undermined from the beginning.

Establishment Republicans were a huge reason why.

And former House Speaker Paul Ryan took a victory lap that had Democrat-controlled media outlets laughing at him.

Permanent Washington, D.C. does not want things to change.

Beltway elites like the current arrangement because it benefits them and their cronies.

That’s why former House Speaker Paul Ryan congratulated current House Speaker Mike Johnson for passing a gigantic spending package that sold out the Republican base.

Gave away the store

Johnson signed onto more funding for Ukraine, both sides of the war in Gaza, and Taiwan.

Nowhere in the bill was funding for the United States southern border.

But establishment Republicans like Ryan were giddy over the deal.

Ryan told Axios that Speaker Johnson “found his footing, and his voice. . .[H]e did it as a statesman, risking his own personal political fortune for the greater good that he believes in.”

However, Johnson flip-flopped on additional Ukraine funding and border security.

He did not find his footing; he got steamrolled.

Ryan can relate because during the Obama era, he got bombarded when he proposed entitlement reform, then quickly shut up about the issue.

Top Ryan staffer Brendan Buck wrote in The New York Times, “A party unable to bring its agenda to the floor for a vote is no longer a functional majority.”

The top priorities of establishment Republicans are passing bills and dodging bad headlines from Democrat-controlled media in order to stay in office.

They do not particularly care what their constituents want.

Meanwhile, left-leaning outlet Punchbowl News reported that Johnson gave Joe Biden “pretty much everything. . .without having to concede much in return.”

That has been the story of the Republican Party for decades; give the Democrats what they want without anything in return.

Who the establishment hates

Ryan and other establishment players save their ire for people like Tucker Carlson.

People have long wondered why Carlson was fired from Fox News despite having the top-rated show on the network; Fox News still has not stated a reason.

Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) gave a clue when he was asked why the Ukraine funding package took so long to pass.

McConnell said, “I think the demonization of Ukraine began by Tucker Carlson, who in my opinion ended up where he should’ve been all along, which is interviewing [Russian President] Vladimir Putin. . .He had an enormous audience, which convinced a lot of rank-and-file Republicans that maybe this was a mistake.”

And that’s why Carlson had to go.

Who is a member of the Fox News Board of Directors?

Paul Ryan.

*Pants on Fire News Official Polling*