It’s one former Vice President candidate against another, as popular ex-Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has taken square aim at reluctant Trump supporter Paul Ryan. The current Speaker of the House and former Mitt Romney running mate needs to be “Cantored,” says Palin. Donald Trump assesses the fight like this: Ryan’s career, Trump says, is over. Wow — Ryan is history just because Sarah Palin comes after him? If she’s right about the Cantoring, then yes.
Eric Cantor was the Republican House majority leader in 2014 when he ran what at first seemed to be an easy re-election campaign in Virginia. But he was sent packing despite his esteemed position in the party by Dave Brat, who ran a cantankerous race to the right of Cantor. Cantor couldn’t fight back effectively — in hindsight a precursor to the way Trump has vanquished the GOP field in the primary. Ryan said he wasn’t ready to back Trump and Trump says he’s against “the will of the people.” When Palin told CNN that “I think Paul Ryan is soon to be ‘Cantored,’ as in Eric Cantor,” she means cast out into the political wilderness.