Terrance Gavan – Blogger – Raconteur
When four Republican pols get together in a room and they’re unwinding? Some seriously beautiful shit is goin’ on! Old time rock and roll fandanglers Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rogers made news this week because they thought . . . hahahahahahaha . . . all microphones were off.
Ain’t that a hoot. How in god’s name do these guys get elected and stay that way? Seriously. I’m asking.
The Washington Post has obtained a recording from a private meeting between House GOP leaders that happened on Capitol Hill on June 15th, 2016. The Post was able to listen to, verify and transcribe the recording and let’s just say, it looks pretty bad.
Four people are identified in the transcript: Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rogers. Ryan and McCarthy discuss their meetings with the Prime Minister of Ukraine that day. They talk about Russia funding populist politicians to destabilize Europe’s democracies, and then they shift to how it could be happening here. They mention the incredibly sophisticated propaganda machine that Russia is using, and then talk turns to the DNC hacking that was reported the day before. McCarthy says that he thinks two people in politics are on Putin’s payroll: Californian Republican Representative Dana Rohrabacher, who is known for defending Putin, and Donald Trump. He laughs, but then says, “swear to god.” Ryan then insists that this is just between them, right? (Washington Post report)
Is Ryan stupid? Hey Paully. It’s 2017. Have you learned nothing from Trump or Elliott Spitzer or for gosh sakes, Anthony Weiner? Nothing, and we mean nothing, is “just between us” in Washington, New York or Dildo, Newfoundland.
When confronted with the story someone from Ryan’s spin deutsch propaganda room denied it outright. Lie. Lie.
From the report:
When initially asked to comment on the exchange, Brendan Buck, a spokesman for Ryan, said: “That never happened,” and Matt Sparks, a spokesman for McCarthy, said: “The idea that McCarthy would assert this is absurd and false.” (Washington Post report)
Does anyone tell the truth in Washington, DC?
Now if you’re a lickspittle sycophant for a prominent pol here’s what you don’t do. When a member of the press (WAPO Reporter especially) comes at you with an absurd sounding and laughable question, the first thing you should do is remember that the Washington Post’s Woodward and Bernstein put the boots to a guy named Dickie Nixon.
And when you figure that out. You say one thing and nothing else. “Let me get back to you on that.” Don’t pretend that you’re being given a reflex test by your GP and blurt out the first thing that comes into your weak-synapsed noodle. Resist that knee-jerk shit. Pause. Breathe. And respond like you’ve just been given a live hand grenade. Because if it sounds too absurd? It’s probably true.
Here’s what this guy did.
After being told that The Post would cite a recording of the exchange, Buck, speaking for the GOP House leadership, said: “This entire year-old exchange was clearly an attempt at humor. No one believed the majority leader was seriously asserting that Donald Trump or any of our members were being paid by the Russians. What’s more, the speaker and leadership team have repeatedly spoken out against Russia’s interference in our election, and the House continues to investigate that activity.”
Hahahahahaha. It was just a joke. And we know that Ryan has been tireless in supporting Devin Nunes as the head of the House Intelligence Committee. He continually insisted Nunes shouldn’t recuse himself from the Russia investigation even though Nunes very obviously colluded with the White House to muddy the waters of the inquiry.
Does this recording show that they wouldn’t mind if Trump was working with Russia? Not at all. It mostly shows that they understood the gravity of Russia’s political operations, and that once Trump was president, they decided to ignore it and drag their feet on the investigation. (Washington Post report)
The recording is absurd and it sounds like it was written for an episode of Veep. And it sounds like Rodgers is playing Jonah Ryan in the episode. (Not a Veep fan? My sympathies.)
Ryan: “Russia is trying to turn Ukraine against itself.”
Rodgers (Jonah Ryan): “Yes. And that’s…it’s sophisticated and it’s, uh…”
Rodgers (Jonah Ryan): “Yes.”
Ryan: “And guess, guess who’s the only one taking a strong stand up against it? We are.”
Rodgers (Jonah Ryan): “We’re not…we’re not…but, we’re not.”
McCarthy [referring to DNC hacking]:“I’ll guarantee you that’s what it is…The Russians hacked the DNC and got the opp [opposition] research that they had on Trump.”
Ryan: “The Russians hacked the DNC…
McHenry: “…to get oppo…”
Ryan: “On Trump and like delivered it to…to who?”
McCarthy (Jonah Ryan-2): “There’s… there’s two people, I think, Putin pays: Rohrabacher and Trump…[laughter]…Swear to God.”
Ryan: “This is an off the record…[laughter]…No leaks…[laughter]…alright?!. This is how we know we’re a real family here.”
Scalise: “That’s how you know that we’re tight.”[laughter]
Ryan: “What’s said in the family stays in the family.”[The Washington Post, Transcript]
Or if you like, here’s the whole shebang!
Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha! Funny, innit?
No. It’s kinda scary. Because these guys are now in lockstep with the moron they’re talking about.