A headline from 2011 has been making the rounds on Twitter and the internet simply cannot stop reveling at its stunning irony.
Bloomberg's Sahil Kapur dug up a Politico piece by Kasey Hunt entitled: "GOP Bets Future on Wisconsin," featuring a split image of three Republican men from the Badger State who are no longer in power.
As Kapur notes in his tweet, since 2011, each of these avatars of "the future of the Republican Party" has either been fired, quit, or voted out of office.
2011: Wisconsin Republicans Reince Priebus, Paul Ryan and Scott Walker are the future of the party. 2019: They're… https://t.co/mgFkLv3DoP— Sahil Kapur (@Sahil Kapur)1546882175.0
One by one:
Priebus, a former chair of the Republican National Committee, served as President Donald Trump's first White House chief of staff until July of 2017. Trump fired him in a tweet, resulting in Priebus being physically removed from the president's motorcade.
I would like to thank Reince Priebus for his service and dedication to his country. We accomplished a lot together and I am proud of him!— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1501275619.0
Paul Ryan, a former Congressman & 2012 GOP vice presidential nominee, succeeded John Boehner (R-OH) as Speaker of the House from 2015 until January 3, 2019. He did not seek reelection to the House in 2018.
And then we have Scott Walker, who was elected governor of Wisconsin in 2010 and survived a recall election in 2012. Running on an aggressively anti-labor platform, Walker was reelected in 2014. He briefly graced the presidential race as a candidate in 2015, and was defeated in his 2018 gubernatorial reelection bid by Democrat Tony Evers.
Hunt poignantly observed that the Wisconsinites' "Midwestern nice outward style of GOP politics (not to mention their actual deficit hawk policies)" have gone "out the window" now that Democrats are in charge of the House of Representatives under Speaker Nancy Pelosi (CA).
!!! thanks for the shoutout @sahilkapur -- not only gone but their Midwestern nice outward style of GOP politics (n… https://t.co/Yrd1wG9kaX— Kasie Hunt (@Kasie Hunt)1546885139.0
Social media is not showing Priebus, Ryan, or Walker any love.
@sahilkapur @kasie This 3 Stooges remake looks horrendous— Jonathan Feder (@Jonathan Feder)1546886920.0
@sahilkapur @kasie Dotardation of the GOP.— Bigly News Junkie 🐶🍺🌍 (@Bigly News Junkie 🐶🍺🌍)1546882527.0
@sahilkapur @fightfor15 @kasie Like an @TheOnion article only it was our reality for FAR TOO LONG.— WhatIsHappening 🌐 (@WhatIsHappening 🌐)1546926909.0
This is just too good.
@sahilkapur @kasie That’s funny. They are in the dustbin of the failed— davlanta (@davlanta)1546901613.0
And there was much rejoicing.
Gone and soon forgotten, probably.
@sahilkapur @kasie https://t.co/OKTLC0MbTQ— Chris Taylor (@Chris Taylor)1546885421.0
@sahilkapur @kasie I can see them performing together! The white saviors of the #Republican nation⬇️ https://t.co/GkHUTDgRIr— Giovanni Benavides (@Giovanni Benavides)1546911506.0
@sahilkapur @kasie https://t.co/2ZoDlehvud— Danie Bendesky (@Danie Bendesky)1546889120.0
@sahilkapur @kasie Good! My home state will be far better because of their absence.— Ryan Faja (@Ryan Faja)1546892267.0
Though some see their legacies as destructive.
@sahilkapur @LauraWalkerKC @kasie All 3 decided to join Trump in a cage as if they were monkeys and cheered him on… https://t.co/0a5yy9m5A4— Sann Diamond (@Sann Diamond)1546898246.0
@sahilkapur @kasie Damage done. Now they'll make mega$$ & laugh all the way to the bank.— Diedre Kazmer (@Diedre Kazmer)1546884931.0
@sahilkapur @kasie But they caused significant damage to this country— skh (@skh)1546901392.0
The Trump timeline strikes again.