Paul Ryan: Oh, you’d better believe I’m thinking about running for Herb Kohl’s Senate seat

posted at 7:53 pm on May 13, 2011 by Allahpundit

I’m paraphrasing slightly.

“In over two decades of service in the Senate, Herb Kohl has done much to help the great state of Wisconsin and the lives of its residents. While Senator Kohl and I have had our policy disagreements in the past, he has always had my respect. It has been a privilege to work with him over the years, and I wish him the best in his future endeavors. I was surprised by Senator Kohl’s announcement and want to take some time over the next few days to discuss this news with my family and supporters before making any decision about how I’m best able to serve my employers in the First Congressional District, our state and nation.”

Two thoughts. One: If he does this, he’s off the VP list. I keep seeing him turn up in the blogosphere on 2012 “dream tickets,” usually with Christie or Daniels or some other dyed-in-the-wool fiscal con, but it would be absurd to draft him for the vice presidential slot while he’s busy running for his first Senate seat. The perception would be that he’s so personally ambitious that he almost doesn’t care what he runs for — first Kohl’s seat, and then for VP once the position was offered. (It’s less of an issue for incumbents like Joe Lieberman who run to keep the seat they already have.) That’s bad for the ticket and very bad for Ryan, who’d be in political limbo if the ticket lost next year. And two: Ryan campaigning for Senate at ground zero of the left’s big labor backlash would be the ultimate test of how far voters are willing to bend on entitlements. The GOP primary would almost certainly be contested and then the general election would be brutal, with Ryan painted for months as the Grim Reaper eager to see grandma and grandpa culled by the fiscal scythe. I’ll bet there’s pressure on him from Republican leaders even now not to run, that the party has more electable candidates and that having the architect of the “Path to Prosperity” gunning for a high-profile seat in the Senate could hurt the GOP’s national chances next year. There’s a reason, after all, why even tea partiers like DeMint and Rubio are lining up to co-sponsor Pat Toomey’s far less aggressive alternative budget to Ryan’s.

Exit question: How many Republican votes will Ryan’s budget get if/when it comes to the floor in the Senate? The fewer it gets, the stronger the Democrats’ “too radical for his own party!” anti-Ryan talking points will be in Wisconsin.


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Um…how about running for another office instead?

Emily M. on May 13, 2011 at 7:57 PM

“I keep seeing him turn up in the blogosphere on 2012 “dream tickets,” usually with Christie or Daniels or some other dyed-in-the-wool fiscal con, but it would be absurd to draft him for the vice presidential slot while he’s busy running for his first Senate seat.”

..perhaps if the unthinkable happens and we re-elect The Turd — and the country survives — then this man will be ready for prime time in ’16.

The War Planner on May 13, 2011 at 7:58 PM

He!! Yeah!..:)

Dire Straits on May 13, 2011 at 7:58 PM

Ryan for President 2012.

MikeknaJ on May 13, 2011 at 7:58 PM

Exit question: How many Republican votes will Ryan’s budget get if/when it comes to the floor in the Senate? The fewer it gets, the stronger the Democrats’ “too radical for his own party!” anti-Ryan talking points will be in Wisconsin.

..exit answer: perhaps it would be a clear indication that we fill the Congress with more people who think Ryan’s budget (or a similar plan) is necessary.

The War Planner on May 13, 2011 at 8:00 PM

I still don’t see what he gets out of it. A rep might want to move to the Senate because it is an office with a higher profile, but Ryan has no problem here. He has a high national profile doing what he’s doing right where he’s at.

Mark1971 on May 13, 2011 at 8:00 PM

Additionally, as I mentioned earlier, he has a great deal of power now as Chairman of the House Budget Committee, power he would certainly have to abdicate to at least some degree in the Senate, even presuming he could win it.

cynccook on May 13, 2011 at 8:02 PM

I’ll bet there’s pressure on him from Republican leaders even now not to run, that the party has more electable candidates and that having the architect of the “Path to Prosperity” gunning for a high-profile seat in the Senate could hurt the GOP’s national chances next year.

Everything’s in the prism of politics isn’t it. Not what’s best for the country or best for the state. Gotta look out for the party. Why? WTH have they done to deserve any loyalty from anyone?

lowandslow on May 13, 2011 at 8:04 PM

West/Ryan 2012 :)

Connie on May 13, 2011 at 8:05 PM

Well he will have to start the campaign for his “another 2 years” so why not.

upinak on May 13, 2011 at 8:05 PM

I still want West/Ryan.

Connie on May 13, 2011 at 8:06 PM

Paul Ryan should run for the Senate. We need all the republican senators in the next term to get this country moving again. I don’t expect anything from this corrupt Obama administration. We won’t survive another four years of Obama.

Paul is a brain when it comes to economics and he will do good whereever he is.

KCinLV on May 13, 2011 at 8:07 PM

hmmmmm….interesting….

i didn’t think he would even consider it…

cmsinaz on May 13, 2011 at 8:07 PM

Ryan for President 2012.

MikeknaJ on May 13, 2011 at 7:58 PM

If we run him for Prez, it puts a whole lotta marbles (like almost all of them) on the table. Big gamble.

Tim Zank on May 13, 2011 at 8:08 PM

cynccook on May 13, 2011 at 8:02 PM

agree, does he want to be at the back at the end of the line now?

cmsinaz on May 13, 2011 at 8:08 PM

hmmmm… odd filter business…oh well

Connie on May 13, 2011 at 8:08 PM

agree, does he want to be at the back at the end of the line now?

cmsinaz on May 13, 2011 at 8:08 PM

time for an adult beverage me thinks

cmsinaz on May 13, 2011 at 8:09 PM

time for an adult beverage me thinks

cmsinaz on May 13, 2011 at 8:09 PM

LOL Whatcha got?

cynccook on May 13, 2011 at 8:13 PM

cynccook on May 13, 2011 at 8:13 PM

a little negra modelo right now

cmsinaz on May 13, 2011 at 8:14 PM

question is can we get someone as good as him to replace him on the House Budget Committee?

If we can, then perhaps he should run for the Senate Seat and advance his Roadmap/Path to Prosperity there as well.

SgtSVJones on May 13, 2011 at 8:15 PM

If we run him for Prez, it puts a whole lotta marbles (like almost all of them) on the table. Big gamble.

Tim Zank on May 13, 2011 at 8:08 PM

Kind of like when the party did with Reagan. Ryan could run as the fulfillment of Reagan’s vision. The debt bomb is too dangerous to worry about politics. Either run someone who wants to fix it, or just wait for the country to implode under a Republican who won, but didn’t have the will to do anything because it was too big of a gamble.

The debt problem isn’t a problem like welfare reform or even the Soviet Union. It’s deeper than that, it’s like slavery, embedded in the culture like a cancer. We found out with that issue that you can’t just treat the disease, you have to cut it out.

cpaulus on May 13, 2011 at 8:17 PM

I wish he’d get some executive experience — run for Governor — ’cause he has future POTUS written all over him.

John the Libertarian on May 13, 2011 at 8:19 PM

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will13smith on May 13, 2011 at 8:21 PM

a little negra modelo right now

cmsinaz on May 13, 2011 at 8:14 PM

I’m not even sure what that is. I’d like a glass of alcohol when you get a chance.

cynccook on May 13, 2011 at 8:22 PM

If Paul Ryan goes to the Senate, he loses possibly the most powerful and effective position he could hold in Congress. Stay put, Paul. Forget the Senate, and forget the White House, because the latter will be the end of your real effectiveness as a policymaker.

MadisonConservative on May 13, 2011 at 8:32 PM

I don’t know why anyone would want either Christie or Daniels.
Ryan has repeated ad nauseum that grandma/pa won’t be kicked under the healthcare bus, and he’s also said he won’t run for POTUS because he’s got kids.

Kini on May 13, 2011 at 8:34 PM

Wouldn’t blame him, having to campaing EVERY TWO YEARS for reelection in the House…

Khun Joe on May 13, 2011 at 8:55 PM

cynccook on May 13, 2011 at 8:22 PM

you got it buddy

modelo is a very good beer :)

cmsinaz on May 13, 2011 at 9:07 PM

This guy is our fiscal hawk. We need him in the house where he can lead budget battles.

Fizzmaister on May 13, 2011 at 9:18 PM

Skip the Senate – go for the White House. If nothing else, you’d get the current jerk kicked out before he can do any more socialist damage to the country.

GarandFan on May 13, 2011 at 9:18 PM

Awesome!

P.s. I’m I the only lady that thinks Ryan is kinda of handsome?

terryannonline on May 13, 2011 at 9:37 PM

Where is Scott Klug ?

ignatzk on May 13, 2011 at 9:43 PM

This country cannot sustain another four years of the worst president in history.

Way too many critical things have been disrupted already.

I don’t know where we go if he is declared the 2012 winner, but can’t imagine it’s anywhere very good….

cane_loader on May 13, 2011 at 10:10 PM

Ryan is probably best in the house, because that is where he is leading the charge, and he is making progress. He is the fiscal brain trust in the GOP, and a VP slot would be bad, because thats more of a figurehead position than anything else.

The house is for the hard chargers, and thats where we need him. I would take 1 Ryan over 1000 Palins too. But now I better duck :)

Ryans time for higher office will come, lets just not rush it and ruin things too early. When the time is right, he will be the Democrats worst nightmare.

firepilot on May 13, 2011 at 10:15 PM

I wouldn’t say there’s “better” candidates than Ryan for the seat in the classical sense. However, there are candidates who would be a better fit for the 2012 landscape, mostly because they wouldn’t be giving up anything to do it unlike Ryan.

Moreover, there are a few new names since I put up my “first-look” list that popped up on the Republican side (state Senate majory leader Scott Fitzgerald, former state Senator Ted Kanavas).

Steve Eggleston on May 13, 2011 at 11:57 PM

Right now, he can’t get his budgets through the Senate or President. Rather than look futile he could run for Senate on a platform of passing budgets in both houses rather than one house bills or no bills. Also, I am not sure that there are better candidates for this seat. At Ryan’s age, he could hold this seat for six terms which is a lot longer than he could hold the presidency. His family would be under much less pressure than in a Presidential or VP run and if, when his kids are older, he still wants to run in 2016 or 2020 for Prez he can; or even governor in 2018.

KW64 on May 14, 2011 at 12:22 AM

I wish he’d get some executive experience — run for Governor — ’cause he has future POTUS written all over him.

John the Libertarian on May 13, 2011 at 8:19 PM

How much experience did the present hack have?

tbear44 on May 14, 2011 at 2:59 AM

Ryan/West ?

Now that’s a ticket I could get behind.

rickyricardo on May 14, 2011 at 7:40 AM