Ryan won his district, but so did Donald Trump, a fact that Ryan uses to promote himself as someone who understands the people who voted for Trump but can be brought "back into the fold." A "fold" is an enclosure for sheep:
Tapper asked him if he thought Democrats in Congress "should try to cooperate with Donald Trump and work with him on" some issues, and Ryan — with lots of caveats — said "we will look for places to work with him."
Tapper asked him about Keith Ellison the Minnesota Congressman who's going for chair of Democratic National Committee. Tapper plays a clip of Ellison being asked "why doesn't your party come out against the Second Amendment?" and answering "I sure wish they would. I sure wish they would." Tapper asks whether that is "the appropriate leadership for the DNC?" and his answer had us laughing at loud:
Well, that's not my decision entirely to make. I really don't have a horse in that fight.The standard expression is "I don't have a dog in that fight." But the idea of a horse fight is less funny to me now as I am not sitting in my comfy chair watching television but standing at my desk with the internet at my fingers. I see there really is a spectator sport of horse fighting that has gone on for hundreds of years and involves the kind of gambling that causes people to say "I don't have a dog in that fight."
To start the competition, two stallions are brought in. A mare in heat is then presented to them and (1) removed and kept nearby for her scent or (2) tied in the middle of the ring to keep the stallions fighting. Stallions who do not immediately go into battle for the mare are whipped into a fury or gunshots fired to incite them through fear. As the stallions rise in combat, they bite, kick and strike each other with their hooves, inflicting serious wounds and injuries until one of them either succumbs or is killed. The stallion left standing is declared the winner.I'm sorry I laughed at that.
Anyway, what about Tim Ryan's lack of a position on the Second Amendment? He wants to lead the Democrats in the House. Tapper asks how he can stand back and say it's for others to decide. Ryan says his position is "not to get rid of the Second Amendment" or, as he puts it a moment later, "not to give away the Second Amendment," which sounds to me as though it means don't give away the issue of the Second Amendment to the GOP. Ryan desperately tries to bring the subject back to his central issue — economics:
But on the issue of gun violence, why do we have violence in our inner cities? It's economics.... Poverty, middle-class wages, gun violence, things that happen in rural America, these are economic issues that the Democratic Party has lost its way.If only people had economic well-being, they wouldn't do bad things with guns? But what about the people who want to defend themselves from the "gun violence" of others? If only everyone were well-off economically, there would be nothing you'd have to defend yourself from. Make that happen, and we're set.
Now, back into the fold, Trumpies.