Saturday, October 10, 2015

Saving Private Ryan for Speaker of the House?

There are persistent rumblings that some in the U. S. House are trying to get Paul Ryan to run for Speaker - even though he says no - that is, he was saying no until members of the House started saying yes..

The NY Times reports on the push for Ryan.

The courtship of Representative Paul D. Ryan to be speaker of the House escalated on multiple fronts Friday, and Mr. Ryan, the powerful chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, signaled that he was headed home to Wisconsin to reconsider his repeatedly stated position that he does not want the job.

Even that thin reed of possibility seemed to only further fuel the ardor of Republicans, many of whom emerged from a conference meeting on Friday morning saying they saw no one else with the potential to bring the fractured party back together.

"I just think he’s the complete package and the natural consensus player," said Representative Tom Cole, Republican of Oklahoma.

"This is a guy — it’s very unusual for a House member: He has genuine national stature," Mr. Cole added. "He has been a thought leader in the Republican Party; he is a consistent conservative."

But even as Mr. Ryan was said to be reconsidering, his close associates cautioned that he had no intention of fighting for the job and would most likely accept it only by acclamation — including the support of the hard-line conservatives who pressed to oust Mr. Boehner and helped drive the majority leader, Kevin McCarthy of California, out of the speaker’s race on Thursday.

"If the conference decides as a whole that they want him to do it, it is possible," said a Republican official close to Mr. Ryan who asked not to be identified because he was not authorized to speak publicly. "If there are still those guys who are holding out trying to make a point, it is not going to happen."

AZBlueMeanie has choice words for that.

The Beltway media villagers deem who the Very Serious People are in Washington, D.C., and somehow the media villagers have bestowed the title of "policy wonk" on the GOP’s alleged boy genius, Ayn Rand fanboy Rep. Paul Ryan, "the zombie-eyed granny starver from the state of Wisconsin" as Charles Pierce refers to him.

Paul Ryan would be a disaster as Speaker of the House. The media villagers need to cease this infatuation and stop lobbying for him.

Paul Krugman has a column explaining why Ryan is not up to the job.

And as I’ve said, Ryan is to budget analysis as Carly Fiorina is to corporate leadership: he’s brilliant at self-promotion, but there’s no hint that he’s actually able to do the job. There is, in particular, no example I know of where he’s actually been right about anything involving budgets or economics, and some remarkable examples — like his inflation screeds — of being completely wrong, and learning nothing from the experience.

So is this really the [best the] GOP can do? And the answer, sad to say, is that it probably is.

If you look at the roster of who else might be interested, it's like peering into some abyss filled with screaming, snarling GOPlins armed to the teeth waiting to lay waste to middle-class earth. And Paul Ryan, a GOPlin chieftain, might be poised to lead those hordes.

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