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 all gone. pic.twitter.com/1znheJ6Ji5
— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) January 7, 2019
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 (@realDonaldTrump) July 28, 2017
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 (not to mention their actual deficit hawk policies) out the window https://t.co/0OViUw0kUS
— Kasie Hunt (@kasie) January 7, 2019
Social media is not showing Priebus, Ryan, or Walker any love.
This 3 Stooges remake looks horrendous
— Jonathan Feder (@jjfed122) January 7, 2019
Dotardation of the GOP.
— Bigly Deep State 🐶🍺🌍 (@LeoNYC) January 7, 2019
Like an @TheOnion article only it was our reality for FAR TOO LONG.
— WhatIsHappening 🌐 (@Whahoppened) January 8, 2019
This is just too good.
And Walker got voted out, Priebus got fired by Trump and Ryan ran before he could get voted out
— J S (@jsor21) January 7, 2019
That’s funny. They are in the dustbin of the failed
— davlanta (@davlanta) January 7, 2019
And there was much rejoicing.