Paul Ryan: The Next Speaker?

LET’S HOPE NOT … A movement in Washington, D.C. is underway to replace one establishment “Republican” with another … again. Originally, the status quo plan was to replace outgoing liberal U.S. Speaker of the House John Boehner with his right-hand man, Kevin McCarthy of California.  Oh, and then pass a…


A movement in Washington, D.C. is underway to replace one establishment “Republican” with another … again.

Originally, the status quo plan was to replace outgoing liberal U.S. Speaker of the House John Boehner with his right-hand man, Kevin McCarthy of California.  Oh, and then pass a two-year budget with the intention of safeguarding Washington’s bipartisan spending orgy from a new GOP president and a more conservative Congress (assuming voters elected such leaders).

The first part of that plan fell apart in spectacular fashion this week … and is continuing to unravel as we speak.

McCarthy abruptly removed his name from consideration on Thursday … apparently with good reason.

Now, the panicked GOP donor class – the same crowd pushing “Obamatrade” and other crony capitalist nonsense in our nation’s capital – is trying to draft former GOP vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan.

Ryan is an “Obamatrade” champion – among a host of other anti-freedom, anti-free market positions.

Championing the “Draft Ryan” movement?  The status quo editorial board of The Wall Street Journal, which referred to lawmakers who support pro-freedom, pro-free market positions as “refuseniks.”

That may be a nifty turn of phrase, but given the deficit and entitlement specters hanging over the head of the Republic … Washington, D.C. could learn a thing or two from those “refuseniks.”  Of course that would require listening to them as opposed to mocking them (as the Romney-Ryan ticket did in 2012).

Anyway …

“The rebels don’t have nearly enough support to stand up their own man, but they can blow up all House business and decapitate the leadership of their own party,” the board wrote. “The danger is that having deposed Mr. Boehner and now Mr. McCarthy, they will refuse to back anyone who won’t meet their demands.”

Good.  They should refuse.  In fact, taxpayers desperately need them to keep refusing (refuseniking) – starting with the rejection of another status quo candidate for Speaker.

As we’ve pointed out on several occasions over the years, Ryan is no stranger to the sort of fiscally reckless budgets that are perpetuating the D.C. disaster.  He had a chance to chart the GOP “majority” back to common sense after it came to power in the House in 2011 –  and he failed.

“Rather than cutting a federal government which continues to pile hundreds of billions in deficit spending atop its $16.6 trillion mountain of debt, Ryan’s plan would expand it by nearly 3.5 percent each year,” we wrote two years ago.

When was the last time the economy grew by 3.5 percent?  Yeah … it hasn’t even eclipsed the three percent threshold in a decade.

Oh, and that deficit is now $18.4 trillion.

Ryan is also on the wrong side of the illegal immigration issue – which is dominating the discussion on the 2016 presidential trail.  In fact U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez of Illinois – the nation’s preeminent open borders advocate – is backing Ryan.

“A vote for Paul Ryan is a vote for Gang of Eight style amnesty that includes massive increases in legal immigration and replacing American workers with foreign-born workers,” Numbers USA’s Rosemary Jenks told Breitbart this week. “A vote for Paul Ryan is a vote to continue Obama’s transformation of America.”

Boom …

Need more?  Ryan was one of the status quo “Republicans” who pushed former president George W. Bush’s bailouts – and he’s on the wrong side of the debate over the crony capitalist U.S. Export-Import Bank.  No wonder liberal “Republicans” like Tom Cole of Oklahoma are rallying to support him.

As of this writing, Ryan is not a candidate for Speaker.  In fact in the immediate aftermath of McCarthy’s dramatic collapse he definitively stated that he would not run.  But lawmakers are already starting to refer to his candidacy in a “when, not if” proposition.

That’s too bad …

As we’ve noted from the beginning of this drama, “the U.S. Congress cannot have yet another ‘meet the new boss, same as the old boss’ moment.”

“Either it radically reinvents itself and starts representing its citizens again, or the Republic dies,” we wrote.


On that score, Paul Ryan is not a radical reinvention.  Nor is he even representative of a modest recalibration.  He is more of the same.  And that is simply unacceptable given the dire straights in which this nation finds itself.

If that makes us “refuseniks,” so be it …


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Grow Up October 9, 2015 at 1:31 pm

The republicans have done a great job representing the majority of US citizens.
Just because they are ignoring the old bigots doesn’t mean the ‘Republic wil die…’, drama queen.

Rocky Verdad October 9, 2015 at 1:37 pm

Ryan would be a fool to take this. First of all, he’d get nothing accomplished. Sure Kenny Powers and his gang would say they’ll follow him, and that would last about 4 minutes. Then he’d be Speaker for the soon-to-be-famous Christmas Shutdown, he’d be blamed for failure to pass TPP, the right would go off on him when he funded PP, and to top it all off, when the GOP lost 8 to 10 seats in the House in 2016 – it would be all his fault. Nah – I’d pass.

stumpknocker October 9, 2015 at 1:43 pm

yep, he is young, taking the job would be kissing any dream of being POTUS good by. there is no up side for him get in the middle of this republican civil war.

Rocky Verdad October 9, 2015 at 1:44 pm

Right. Better stay out of the bar fight until it’s over.

Shots Fired October 9, 2015 at 2:25 pm

In the meantime, let’s all grab some popcorn and watch as the GOP eats their own.

SCBlues October 9, 2015 at 4:04 pm

“Ryan would be a fool to take this”
He already is a fool.

Rocky Verdad October 9, 2015 at 4:05 pm

Would be a bigger fool?

SCBlues October 9, 2015 at 4:39 pm


dwb619 October 9, 2015 at 6:45 pm

This is the “drama king” who took the still born baby to the house, so all the other children could see it, right?/
That says a lot.

ernesto October 9, 2015 at 1:43 pm

Refuseniks is too nice a word – right wing anarchists describes it better. The ultimate goal is to destroy the governance structures of a declining Empire. good luck! The Rusians, Chinese and Iranians are pulling for you.

Cloward Piven October 9, 2015 at 1:46 pm

Yes, because you should always get your way.
How old are you?

Ernesto October 9, 2015 at 2:01 pm

Young enough to watch you eat your words.

Cloward Piven October 9, 2015 at 2:05 pm

That explains how infantile you are.

Skeletons Can Eat? October 9, 2015 at 2:25 pm

Most of these loons are old as dirt, they will probably have a heart attack when they see the spoon coming.

Let Obama have the next year October 9, 2015 at 2:11 pm

It may just be a wash, until we get rid of the Anti-American regime in the White House.

As it is: The Democrats biggest victory is trying to get a Republican that will not flush them as the US populous is begging…

If we let Obama have at it…it will just make the GOP-Conservative victories more pronounced in 2016, if that’s possible..

And Obama has done as much damage as he can…how much more can he damage the country?

If Obama will plays dictator until Nov. of next year – as he has for the last 3…let him have it. Then BURY the Democrat Party, like Reagan Buried the USSR, while the Democrat Party sat around and cried.

The Party of GrandTango October 9, 2015 at 2:27 pm

Let’s stop calling Republicans the Grand Old Party. Let’s call them the Party of GrandTango instead. They hope to win the 2016 election but right now they can’t even focus long enough to win their own damn majority election. Just like GrandTango can’t focus long enough to run a successful blog.

These losers will destroy themselves, good for the rest of America. God bless the people smart enough to distance themselves from the failures of the right.

Sic Semper Tyrannis October 9, 2015 at 2:38 pm

You said it !

RogueElephant October 9, 2015 at 11:04 pm

GOP stands for Great Opportunity Party. If the conservatives can get a decent speaker it will be a step in the right direction.

David Koch October 10, 2015 at 12:43 pm

Damn right!

You’ve given me plenty of opportunity!

Keep it up sucker!

Ernesto October 9, 2015 at 2:39 pm

You still haven’t understood that this is just the beginning of a fundamental transformation of America. The GOP will not survive this kind of attacks from the right wing. the right wing anarchists are not strong enough to win on their own – their only strategy is to make life miserable for the majority of people ( I.e. government shutdown, export-import bank, defunding attempts) and pray they don’t connect the dots.
Most people see through this smoke screen and the 2016 elections will continue to support a progressive agenda for this country. In the mean time the colateraral damage for the GOP is mounting and many will join the progressive secular forces in this country.

Head up your ass October 9, 2015 at 2:42 pm

The people are close to REVOLUTION in the Streets to put an end to the DAMAGE Obama, and the Democrat Party have done to our nation.

You must read only Salon, Hiuff-Po and FITSNews?…How else could you be so Fucking ignorant of reality?

Rocky Verdad October 9, 2015 at 3:03 pm

Close to Revolution in the Streets – whew!!!!! Yeah, I see them forming up squads and platoons on the corners, getting their muskets ready. No!!! I see a bunch of old fat ass white people in their 60s streaming into Golden Corrall for early bird, and now with that $1.99 box to go – they’re happier than hens in dry hay.

Maasive repulsion October 9, 2015 at 3:27 pm

Have you heard about the massive protests against Obama in Oregon, where he is trying to exploit those murdered at the college campus?

Your god is much more hated thatn the media will lorts its dotls know.

Sic Semper Tyrannis October 9, 2015 at 3:28 pm

More stupid shit.

Rocky Verdad October 9, 2015 at 3:31 pm

Well jimmeny crickets – do ya think maybe 30 guys will show up Goofey?

Rocky Verdad October 9, 2015 at 4:04 pm

Oops. Forest Drive is open again – must be – Tango done run off for Golden Corrall early bird.

Golden Corral Manager October 9, 2015 at 4:45 pm

Mister Tango, please leave, you’ve been here four hours! We closed 30 minutes ago!

Like Goebbels again October 9, 2015 at 4:25 pm

I don’t know…the media is SCARED to death you lord god will be exposed for what he is…

Barack "GT's God" Obama October 9, 2015 at 4:43 pm

GrandTango, my loyal follower, go spread my gospel to these poor unfortunate souls. You are my most ardent worshiper so I trust you. You speak my name every day here and call me a god, so clearly I am your god.

dwb619 October 9, 2015 at 6:46 pm


Ernesto October 9, 2015 at 4:59 pm

Old white people don’t do ‘ revolution ‘ as long as there is college football on Saturday, NFL on Sunday’s and propane specials on Monday.
Or to put it more politely : the revolutionary potential of the shite lumpenproletariat is not historically relevant.
You want revolution? Watch us fundamentally transform this country, hombre!

Rocky Verdad October 10, 2015 at 7:58 am

Si, mi amigo. Vamanos.

Glenn Beck for President October 10, 2015 at 12:45 pm

What the Hell are you gonna do “in the streets” dumbass?

Shoot yourself in the foot?

Bible Thumper October 9, 2015 at 3:03 pm

I’m for Paul Ryan for all the reasons listed above.

Rocky Verdad October 9, 2015 at 3:04 pm

I like his hair.

Bible Thumper October 9, 2015 at 3:04 pm

Eddie Munster

Bible Thumper October 9, 2015 at 3:15 pm

The above reply is the World record fastest reply ever. Watch the “minutes ago” change simultaneously.

Rocky Verdad October 9, 2015 at 3:28 pm

That’s wicked cool.

Bible Thumper October 9, 2015 at 3:29 pm

I already had it in my clipboard when you posted.

Rocky Verdad October 9, 2015 at 3:32 pm

I like when Tango get’s going, and you get that little “someone else is typing” message, and you wait and wait and wait – and then he loses his train of thought, or starts thinking of poop or something, and then never posts his comment.

Rand Paul October 9, 2015 at 4:41 pm

Wait, hairstyle matters? Shit! Hey, if I get a haircut, will you vote for me? Please? I’ll do anything for a vote!

Rocky Verdad October 10, 2015 at 7:56 am

Get a mohawk and you got my vote.

Lone Ranger October 11, 2015 at 7:09 pm

Oh God please cut us a slice of Back-Door-Deals-With-Obama-Ryan
and all of us will be

Brain-dead like the corrupt OTHER RINOs and Boehner Dims who have
corrupted D. C.

That’s right—never met a TARP deal he wouldn’t vote for and loves
no child left behind

Wants to spend like Boehner and McConnell on crack just like he’s
lost his RINO mind !!!


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