Frank Cannon is president of the American Principles Project and a respected conservative political strategist with over 30 years of experience.
[A Paul Ryan nomination] would completely destroy the Republican Party. The problem is that the voters have sent a very strong signal, consistently in this election, that they want somebody who is outside the normal politics. Seventy percent of voters say that when it’s asked as an abstract question, and seventy percent of voters almost consistently since June have picked Ted Cruz, Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina, who are candidates outside the establishment of the Republican Party. And to the extent that the insiders of the Republican Party would pick the ultimate insider as the nominee would tell the grassroots that they don’t give a darn about what they believe and would cause a total disruption. . . .