How many times have you heard a politician say he or she has “no intention” to seek higher office? Or that he or she has “no plan” to do this or that, only to change his or her mind and do what was disavowed earlier?
That’s more or less what I’m hearing House Speaker Paul Ryan say as he is peppered with questions about his endorsement of presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump.
“That’s not my plan,” Ryan said to questions about whether he would rescind the endorsement.
Meanwhile, Trump continues to hurtle out of control all along the campaign trail. He recently accused President Obama — and this is utterly outrageous — of seeming to favor the terrorists over the protection of American lives.
Ryan keeps condemning Trump’s proposal to ban Muslims from entering the country. He said he’d never heard of a presidential candidate pulling press credentials for a major media outlet, which Trump did to the Washington Post.
Now comes Trump’s campaign’s assertion that congressional GOP leaders need to support him all the way or “be quiet.”
Is there a breaking point? Is there a line that Trump can cross that would cause the speaker to take it all back?
I’m betting it’s out there. It also might not be as far in the distance as the speaker would have us believe.
Plans, after all, do have a way of changing.