The Political Walk of Shame

The Political Walk of Shame December 12, 2016

I remember back in college, the term “walk of shame” referred to the walk home on campus after a one-night stand, usually drunken. The new walk of shame is watching all the former critics of Donald Trump make the trek to Trump Tower to genuflect and kiss his ring in hopes of a job.


House Speaker Paul D. Ryan made the pilgrimage Friday morning that many former critics of Donald Trump have made since the election: up to Trump Tower in Manhattan for a meeting with the president-elect and then a walk through the lobby to address reporters wanting to know how it feels.

“Very exciting meeting,” Ryan (R-Wis.) said in remarks that lasted mere seconds. “I really enjoyed coming up here and meeting with the president-elect. We had a great meeting to talk about our transition. We are really excited about getting to work and hitting the ground running in 2017. And getting this country back on track.”

Over the past month, the ­president-elect and his team have been mending relationships within their party, meeting with former rivals who resisted the idea of Trump becoming president but are now willing to work with him. But forgiveness often comes only after accepting a heap of humility.

The parade of shame has included GOP primaries opponent Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) and the previous Republican presidential nominee, Mitt Romney. On Monday, Trump’s team expects the arrival of Carly Fiorina, the former business chief executive and presidential candidate who Trump suggested was unattractive. And the ritual isn’t reserved just for Republicans: Trump invited a group of television personalities and executives to the tower soon after the election, and then yelled at them for underestimating him and accused them of dishonest reporting about his campaign, surprising and unsettling many attendants…

When Cruz visited a week after the election, he managed to slip upstairs undetected. During the campaign, Trump compared the attractiveness of their wives, suggested that Cruz’s father was involved in the assassination of John F. Kennedy and raised questions about Cruz’s eligibility for the presidency, since he was born in Canada. Cruz refused to endorse Trump at the Republican National Convention but did so just before the election.

After the Trump Towers meeting, Cruz took a more direct route through the lobby. It was nearly 7 p.m., and most reporters had left for the evening.

I must say, this is first-class entertainment and I really do hope that Trump makes them actually grovel before him. Or maybe makes them take a pie in the face and eat an actual crow.

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