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Family Ties: The Jack Ryan Story

As you know, GOP sachems are hewing to the official line on swingin' Jack Ryan: They still back him, and they say the race should be decided on "issues," not sexual peccadilloes. That argument seems so familiar. . . can't quite place it. In any case: Issues. Fine. Several Wonkette readers wrote in to suggest what issues Ryan might want avoid, like, say, "the defense of marriage."


Ryan's website offers these platitudes on the subject:

The breakdown of the family over the past 35 years is one of the root causes of some of our society's most intractable social problems--criminal activity, illegitimacy, and the cyclical nature of poverty.

As an elected leader, my interest will be in promoting laws and educating people about the fundamental importance of the traditional family unit as the nucleus of our society.

Observes one reader: "Clearly, the trips to the New York and Paris sex clubs fall under the category of 'educating people,' though I am puzzled as to why he feels it necessary to start an outreach program in France."

Wonkette's Heartland correspondent has a slightly different take. He notes that Ryan, whatever he did do, did not cheat on his wife. This makes all the difference: "My cousins in Illinois say they can tolerate an exhibitionist. . . but wife swapping, they say, is the province of their mayor."

Jack Ryan on the Defense of Marriage [JackRyan.2004]

Illinois Senate Race: Well, Someone Is Sure Getting Whipped Now [Wonkette]

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There was a time, a few months ago, when everyone had written off Elizabeth Warren. Well, not me, because I am a fabulous genius, but lots of other people. The "very reasonable" talking heads on all the various news channels, the kind of people who used to say things like "Oh, we'd like universal health care too, but 'the people' will never go for it!" but who definitely did not actually want universal health care for any reason, and even the Trump campaign. Though, to be fair, the Trump campaign didn't think Trump had much of a chance of winning in 2016 either.

But now, as more and more people hear her speak, hear her plans, hear what she wants to do and how she wants to do it... Elizabeth Warren is rising up in the polls. She's a contender. In the most recent Quinnipiac poll, she was closing in on Sanders for second place nationally, and in California and Nevada polls, she's in second place.

And now, according to a report from Politico, the Trump campaign is now scrambling and panicking and... stalking her?

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