We had some serious blows to our eternal conservative optimism in 2008 and 2012, and disappointments after 2010 and 2014.
This year we were finally rewarded with the Trump surprise. Admit it, you too thought Hillary would win but your optimism never died. Suffered anxiety, sure, but it was still there.
At yesterdays “victory rally” in Ohio we saw Trump spike the football in the end zone. Things are going well, appointments, markets, confidence are all up. Outreach to Congress is going well.
But the game isn’t over and the opposition is only stunned. Trump has the momentum but faces daunting hurdles from the left and the swamp creatures of the status quo and it’s a very “yuge” swamp.
Speaker Ryan says he and Trump have patched things up
At odds during campaign, House Speaker Paul Ryan and President-elect Donald Trump are “fine” now and talk almost daily, Ryan tells Scott Pelley
From CBS News: December 1, 2016
The speaker of the House tells Scott Pelley he and President-elect Donald Trump have made up and speak on the phone nearly every day. On the campaign trail, the two were at odds. Speaker Ryan had called one of Trump’s statements racist and Trump dismissed him as ineffective and disloyal, but Ryan says the two are not looking back and are already working together. Ryan spoke to Pelley today in Washington in an interview to be broadcast on 60 Minutes, Sunday Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. ET/PT.
An excerpt of that interview appeared on the CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley. A transcript of it is below.
Paul Ryan: No, I didn’t. I said his comment was.
Scott Pelley: Well, I’m not sure there’s a great deal of daylight between those two definitions. But he definitely called you ineffective and disloyal. Have you patched it up?
Paul Ryan: Yeah, we have. We’re fine. We’re not looking back. We’re looking forward. We– we actually– we’ve had– we– like I said, we speak about every day. And it’s not about looking for– back in the past. That’s behind us. We’re way beyond that.
Scott Pelley: Did you believe he could be nominated? Really?
Paul Ryan: Yeah, no, I didn’t see this one coming. He knows that. Donald Trump’s a very– he was a very unconventional candidate. He’s going to be an unconventional president. What I like about it, in my, like I said, almost daily conversations, is he’s just a get-things-done kinda guy.
Scott Pelley: Have you told him being president is not being CEO of the United States, that the Congress is going to have a say?
Paul Ryan: Oh, we’ve talked about that extensively. We’ve talked about– the Constitution, Article I on the Constitution, the separation of powers. He feels very strongly, actually, that– that, under President Obama’s watch, he stripped a lot of power away from the Constitution, away from the Legislative Branch of government. And we want to reset the balance of power, so that people and the Constitution are rightfully restored.