The Ryan Squeaker. By Jim Geraghty, Morning Jolt
Here’s Matt Boyle’s last piece before the primary.
The sitting Speaker of the House, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), has been brought to his knees, bowing down before the almighty nationalist populist movement, as his life’s work—a career in politics—flashes before his eyes.
Final tally: Ryan 84 percent, Nehlen 16 percent.
Now, the Breitbart coverage wasn’t just a wrong prediction, or having hopes dashed on Election Day. This is giving readers a perspective of what’s happening in a primary that is completely different from what is actually going on. There were no late gaffes by Nehlen, or sudden game-changing scandalous revelations. The polls showing Ryan with a 60-point lead were in the ballpark. We can now say, pretty definitively, that Nehlen never had a chance of beating Ryan in his primary. But if you were reading certain sites, you probably thought that the next Brat-beats-Cantor scenario was imminent.