Speaking at an event with College Republicans in Wisconsin earlier this week, Ryan warned that letting the Senate slip back into Democratic hands might give Vermont’s democratic socialist one of the most powerful positions for shaping the federal budget.
“If we lose the Senate, do you know who becomes chairman of the Senate budget committee?,” Ryan said, according to the Nation. “A guy named Bernie Sanders. Ever heard of him? That’s what we’re dealing with here if we lose control of the Senate.”
Ryan’s hit on Sanders backfired, badly. Citing Ryan’s comments in a fundraising blast, Sanders was able to raise just under $2 million in two days for about a dozen Democratic Senate and House candidates — furthering his chances of actually becoming budget committee chair.I heard what @SpeakerRyan said: If the GOP loses the Senate, I'll be the Budget chairman. Sounds like a good idea. https://t.co/9EFfzgimCX— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) October 19, 2016
One of the biggest beneficiaries of the fundraising haul was North Carolina Democrat Deborah Ross, who could unseat Republican Sen. Richard Burr in the state, according to the Washington Post. Sanders has made helping in down-ballot races a big priority since exiting the presidential primary, and he was quick to jump at the opportunity created by Ryan’s remarks.
I would just like to point out that I called this the minute I heard that Ryan was using Sanders in this way, and pointed out that Ryan was messing with forces he clearly did not understand.
It's not that I'm a genius of anything, I am just smarter than Paul Ryan. Or actually ANYBODY who thinks that threatening voters with the idea of putting more power in the hands of Senator Sanders is going to motivate more conservatives than liberals to come out to the polls.
And I would suggest that that is also true of THIS tactic.
Let's face it, the majority of Americans know that the country is doing significantly better under President Obama and Democratic leadership than it was under Bush.We cannot take four more years of Barack Obama and that’s what you’ll get if you vote for Hillary. #BigLeagueTruth— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 20, 2016
But if they want to keep on using these tactics who am I to dissuade them?