Paul Ryan’s next move

posted at 6:43 pm on November 7, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

Even though the Romney/Ryan team didn’t manage to turn Wisconsin’s presidential vote around for Republicans, Paul Ryan hedged his bets and did win reelection to his House seat yesterday, and has confirmed that he’ll be returning to Congress. It’s pretty painful thinking about the ways in which Paul Ryan might’ve used the second-highest office in the land, particularly when compared to its current incumbent, but now we’ve no choice but to move back to square one. Not that we ever necessarily forget them, but for now it’s time to get back to the battles-not-wars mindset and start remembering all of the reasons Paul Ryan rose to prominence in the first place.

Remember this guy? I especially like this guy. If he can’t be vice president, then going back to Budget Chairman isn’t a total loss — somebody has to be the voice of fiscal sanity.

Of course, the question on everybody’s mind now is, will Paul Ryan be primed for his own presidential run in 2016, and will he be acting off of those considerations or be more willing to bend to Boehner’s potential plans for leading the party?

Politico‘s got the idea:

Ryan has an incentive to remain a purist — even after his vice presidential loss, the Wisconsin Republican remains an icon in the conservative movement…

Boehner, by contrast, has to deal with the grind-it-out realities of legislating and determine if he can cut a major fiscal deal with an even more liberal Democratic Senate and an triumphant President Barack Obama…

Ryan and Boehner spoke on Wednesday and had a “productive discussion,” according to GOP insiders.

“Paul Ryan in the House is stronger than ever,” said Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), who serves with him on the Budget Committee. “He’s got a big megaphone and we all have the greatest respect for him. He’s still one of the most articulate people on the budget and appropriations process, and the president still has to deal with the House.” …

With the status quo unchanged, we always knew this fiscal-cliff fight was going to be rough, and something’s gotta’ give somewhere. Whatever happens, Paul Ryan’s staunch free-market voice is why I wanted him to be vice president in the first place; with the GOP’s hopes for a federal power-shift dashed last night, in the thick of the things that Republicans can have a hand in is right back where I want him.


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Hopefully Paul Ryan’s next move won’t be the same as Sarah Palin’s – Quitting early.

The Nerve on November 7, 2012 at 6:44 PM

Actually being conservative instead of playing conservative while being progressive?

astonerii on November 7, 2012 at 6:45 PM

I hope he doesn’t run. He’s good exactly where he is at.

mrscullen on November 7, 2012 at 6:45 PM

Hopefully Paul Ryan’s next move won’t be the same as Sarah Palin’s – Quitting early.
The Nerve on November 7, 2012 at 6:44 PM

Way to start off the thread. Lol

rjl1999 on November 7, 2012 at 6:46 PM

I’ll take Palin over Ryan any day.

bgibbs1000 on November 7, 2012 at 6:46 PM

Glad he kept his seat in the house…

OmahaConservative on November 7, 2012 at 6:46 PM

As long as he doesn’t do any reality shows.

DeathtotheSwiss on November 7, 2012 at 6:47 PM

Voting for TARP 2.0 or another debt ceiling increase?

sharrukin on November 7, 2012 at 6:48 PM

Unfortunately the House Budget Committee is neutered for all practical purposes for another 2 years (at minimum)… The Senate hasn’t passed a budget for 3 years, just maintaining the massively expanded 2009 budget each year. With its 30%+ expansion, it will be good enough for the Dems’ purposes until after the 2016 election. Unless Boehner has the stomach to shut down the government, Reagan style, when the debt limit gets hit

phreshone on November 7, 2012 at 6:48 PM

Dumbing down his math message for the dolts who voted demorat yesterday.

Bishop on November 7, 2012 at 6:49 PM

Glad he kept his seat in the house…

OmahaConservative on November 7, 2012 at 6:46 PM

Yeah its interesting. Romney/Ryan failed to carry his district but he won re-election 55-43.

LukeinNE on November 7, 2012 at 6:52 PM

I don’t get what peoples’ obsession with Sarah Palin here is. She would be a horrible candidate for President. Can you imagine how the media would have covered her?

Paul Ryan would be a good candidate but I doubt he’d fare much better than Romney did. The GOP has a lot of soul searching to do.

After last night, it’s looking like Rubio or Christie are at the top of the list for 2016.

stuckinwisconsin on November 7, 2012 at 6:52 PM

2016….Jezus Mari Joseph! It’ll be my 13th vote! Maybe I better sit that one out.

Limerick on November 7, 2012 at 6:53 PM

LukeinNE on November 7, 2012 at 6:52 PM

One bright spot for me last night was that Deb sent Kerrey packing back to Greenwich Village…

OmahaConservative on November 7, 2012 at 6:54 PM

And we are stuck with that nutless wonder Boehner as majority leader. Oh joy.

natasha333 on November 7, 2012 at 6:55 PM

Let the BOOOOOOSH tax cuts expire, don’t raise the debt ceiling if you wanna be really crazy.

El_Terrible on November 7, 2012 at 6:55 PM

I don’t think Ryan’s signature message of “less free stuff” is going to get much traction with an electorate that just voted for “more free stuff”.

Yeah, eventually socialism will run out of other people’s money, but that’s going to be an incredibly ugly scene with the takers probably rioting and demanding still more government. That’s the way its playing out in Greece.

cool breeze on November 7, 2012 at 6:56 PM

Let me throw Rand Paul’s name out there.

Rand Paul 2016

El_Terrible on November 7, 2012 at 6:57 PM

be more willing to bend to Boehner’s potential plans for leading the party?
=========

Le Oops……………….

Boehner to Obama: ‘We’re ready to be led’
*****************************************

VIDEO(11:54)

http://video.msnbc.msn.com/nbc-news/49731318#49731318

canopfor on November 7, 2012 at 6:57 PM

His first order of business should be writing the Repeal Hollywood Tax Cuts Bill. In his speech introducing it he can talk about how the President, for whom he has the highest respect, and the public in the election have made it known that rich people should pay more. He should also create a national sign-up form for those who would like to voluntarily pay more in taxes because they have already Made Enough Money. As an adjunct to the Hollywood bill, he can have matching sports figures and mainstream media personality bills. 75% us a good round figure for a tax rate for those greedy Mitches to pay. They must be Mitches, right? Aren’t all rich people Mitches and Republicans?

We got your revenge right here people! No more rich people while the rest of us suffer.

Lily on November 7, 2012 at 6:57 PM

After last night, it’s looking like Rubio or Christie are at the top of the list for 2016.

stuckinwisconsin on November 7, 2012 at 6:52 PM

You forgot Charlie Crist and Colin Powell. Shouldn’t they be on that list as well?

sharrukin on November 7, 2012 at 6:57 PM

Fitch has already put out the word that they will downgrade again. So the game is afoot.

r keller on November 7, 2012 at 6:57 PM

I think interest in Ryan is, if anything, diminished at this point. The Veep candidate is always muzzled, but he comes out of this with his reputation diminished.

urban elitist on November 7, 2012 at 6:58 PM

Hopefully Paul Ryan’s next move won’t be the same as Sarah Palin’s – Quitting early.

The Nerve on November 7, 2012 at 6:44 PM

I doubt they’ll be bringing up phony lawsuits that try to bankrupt his family, or start phony ethics charges while he tries to work. But they might. The libs are unpredictable.

portlandon on November 7, 2012 at 6:58 PM

Help employ dentists, tax the hell outta toothpaste.

Limerick on November 7, 2012 at 6:58 PM

Staying in Congress, and in Joe Biden’s head.

22044 on November 7, 2012 at 6:59 PM

***** Puts On LibTard ProgTard Tin-Foil Cap***********

Let “The MotherF***er Burn Itself Down”!

(Snark).

canopfor on November 7, 2012 at 6:59 PM

Give the scumbags everything they want, as it will hasten the inevitable collapse, and bring us closer to the day when we can thin the herd. Long past due for a tree watering.

djtnt on November 7, 2012 at 7:00 PM

Hopefully Paul Ryan’s next move won’t be the same as Sarah Palin’s – Quitting early.

The Nerve on November 7, 2012 at 6:44 PM

Find it interesting that not one of these two fine gentlemen went through the crap Palin did during 2008. I’m sure any day now we will see article after article detailing how unethical Ryan is and complaints will pile up so that he will have to hire attorneys…ah, forget it. I’m sure the obvious and my sarcasm would be lost on you.

texasmagnolia on November 7, 2012 at 7:00 PM

Looks like Palin had a better night than Romney/Ryan, with her successful endorsements of Ted Cruz and Deb Fisher to name a few..:)

idesign on November 7, 2012 at 7:01 PM

Already wrote Boehner and sending Paul Ryan & my rep the same mssg.

We are going to have an economic crash. It’s baked in already. Makes me happy Mitt lost. He would have tried to avoid it and would have been blamed when it happened anyway. I say the house gives them everything they want on taxes and economic stuff. Everything. Let Bush tax cuts expire for sure. Then that 47% that hasn’t paid taxes for 12 yrs will have to start. Raise the top rate to 75%! Raise capital gains to 40%! More stimulus? Sure! Then sit back and say we succumb to the superior wisdom of the 51% and the economic genius of Obama! Let prosperity commence! Allow just enough members to vote for it to pass and everyone else abstain. Then Dems&O own it. It’s over and we pick up the pieces.

JAM on November 7, 2012 at 7:03 PM

After last night, it’s looking like Rubio or Christie are at the top of the list for 2016.

stuckinwisconsin on November 7, 2012 at 6:52 PM

Are you kidding me? Christie doesn’t have a prayer at the GOP nomination in 2016. He’ll forever be tarred with his embrace of Obama in the last week of the campaign. You can’t win the nod without the conservative base and he just p-ssed that away.

Rubio on the other hand is the frontrunner. His resume will be thim(what exactly can you accomplish as a Senator in the minority party in just a single term?), but his personal popularity and ethnicity along with hailing from a key swing state will give him the edge.

Doughboy on November 7, 2012 at 7:03 PM

I doubt they’ll be bringing up phony lawsuits that try to bankrupt his family, or start phony ethics charges while he tries to work. But they might. The libs are unpredictable.

portlandon on November 7, 2012 at 6:58 PM

The attacks and dirty tricks launched at Palin, as despicable as they were, were not that different from the attacks and dirty tricks launched at many other Republicans.

The libs are very predictable.

That shopworn excuse sounds lamer every time it is rolled out. Palin just couldn’t take the heat, and/or made a deliberate decision to go for the easy money as a celebrity pundit.

cool breeze on November 7, 2012 at 7:06 PM

I especially like this guy. If he can’t be vice president, then going back to Budget Chairman isn’t a total loss — somebody has to be the voice of fiscal sanity.

Oh, Erika. Often you are on the correct path, but then you get lost. There is nothing fiscally sane about Ryan. He voted for TARP (which he still defends), the bailouts, raising the debt ceiling, Medicare Part D, confiscating CEO bonuses, etc. I don’t want this guy anywhere near Washington.

Dante on November 7, 2012 at 7:08 PM

Hopefully Paul Ryan’s next move won’t be the same as Sarah Palin’s – Quitting early.

The Nerve on November 7, 2012 at 6:44 PM

I find it amusing that the type of people who complain about Palin being irrelevant, not worth mentioning, etc etc. are the first ones to bring her up.

topdawg on November 7, 2012 at 7:08 PM

How about SPEAKER? I have no confidence in Boehner.

parteagirl on November 7, 2012 at 7:08 PM

The libs are very predictable.

They are odious and hateful people.

LilyBart on November 7, 2012 at 7:09 PM

Boehner is as hapless as ever. When I heard him say, “Mr. President, we’re ready to be led”, it made my head spin. Barack is not a leader – why is Boehner this thick-headed?

MustLoveBlogs on November 7, 2012 at 7:09 PM

Looks like Palin had a better night than Romney/Ryan, with her successful endorsements of Ted Cruz and Deb Fisher to name a few..:)

idesign on November 7, 2012 at 7:01 PM

We were going for Deb Fisher with or w/o Palin’s endorsement…

OmahaConservative on November 7, 2012 at 7:10 PM

Ryan will quietly fade away just like Geraldine Ferraro. Still intact rule: NEVER put a House member on a national ticket. Mike Pence didn’t run for Governor of Indiana for his health.
House members have no gravitas.

Rocks on November 7, 2012 at 7:10 PM

The attacks and dirty tricks launched at Palin, as despicable as they were, were not that different from the attacks and dirty tricks launched at many other Republicans

cool breeze on November 7, 2012 at 7:06 PM

No, actually they were very different seeing as at that time Alaska was the only state where a governor has to fight off every lawsuit, no matter how frivolous, with their own money. I don’t really remember any other governor’s being sued for having a picture taken while holding a fish or for wearing a sweater.

topdawg on November 7, 2012 at 7:11 PM

The attacks and dirty tricks launched at Palin, as despicable as they were, were not that different from the attacks and dirty tricks launched at many other Republicans.

cool breeze on November 7, 2012 at 7:06 PM

BS

sharrukin on November 7, 2012 at 7:11 PM

“Are you kidding me? Christie doesn’t have a prayer at the GOP nomination in 2016. He’ll forever be tarred with his embrace of Obama in the last week of the campaign. You can’t win the nod without the conservative base and he just p-ssed that away.”/blockquote>

You’re kidding yourself if you think people – especially conservatives – will care about that four years from now. Also, “tarred with his embrace of Obama?” I hate to break it to ya buddy, but our candidate just got his ass handed to him by Obama, so a conservative embracing him ain’t exactly the worst thing in the world.

It’s clear after last night conservatism needs to repackaged and reintroduced to the American people. I think Christie would make a goods spokesman – he’s smart, passionate, and charismatic.

Though I do agree, Rubio has got to be the front runner at this point (as early as it is to already be speculating about 2016!)

stuckinwisconsin on November 7, 2012 at 7:11 PM

I agree with JAM.
Let the 51% have what they voted for.
ALL. OF. IT!

ArmyAunt on November 7, 2012 at 7:12 PM

Looks like Palin had a better night than Romney/Ryan, with her successful endorsements of Ted Cruz and Deb Fisher to name a few..:)

idesign on November 7, 2012 at 7:01 PM

Palin should have run this time. We’ll never know if she could have saved America. Will be too late by 2016, probably.

El_Terrible on November 7, 2012 at 7:12 PM

After last night, it’s looking like Rubio or Christie are at the top of the list for 2016.

stuckinwisconsin on November 7, 2012 at 6:52 PM

No, no, no to Christie. (And I would have said that without his slobbering over the President just after Hurricane Sandy) He is too ‘big gov’ and unpredictable.

Love the Rubio idea though. Rubio talks small government / liberty like he was weaned on it (probably was).

LilyBart on November 7, 2012 at 7:13 PM

Palin just couldn’t take the heat, and/or made a deliberate decision to go for the easy money as a celebrity pundit.

cool breeze on November 7, 2012 at 7:06 PM

Hey Sparky….

“Politics is down stream of popular culture…”

-—Breitbart

@DLoesch: Culture, culture, culture, culture. http://t.co/mfrsUbxe

idesign on November 7, 2012 at 7:13 PM

Sell Ohio and Commiefornia to KIA.

Limerick on November 7, 2012 at 7:13 PM

Hopefully Paul Ryan’s next move won’t be the same as Sarah Palin’s – Quitting early.

The Nerve on November 7, 2012 at 6:44 PM

Won’t happen. He’s not a quitter. While Palin is America’s highest-rated quitter.

Capitalist Hog on November 7, 2012 at 7:13 PM

I don’t get what peoples’ obsession with Sarah Palin here is. She would be a horrible candidate for President. Can you imagine how the media would have covered her?

Paul Ryan would be a good candidate but I doubt he’d fare much better than Romney did. The GOP has a lot of soul searching to do.

After last night, it’s looking like Rubio or Christie are at the top of the list for 2016.

stuckinwisconsin on November 7, 2012 at 6:52 PM

Yeah, they were so fair and objective in their coverage of Romney.

TarheelBen on November 7, 2012 at 7:13 PM

Attending an extreme Dale Carnegie course.

Mr. Arrogant on November 7, 2012 at 7:14 PM

I find it amusing that the type of people who complain about Palin being irrelevant, not worth mentioning, etc etc. are the first ones to bring her up.

topdawg on November 7, 2012 at 7:08 PM

I occasionally bring up mullets too. That doesn’t mean I want to see my doctor wearing one.

Capitalist Hog on November 7, 2012 at 7:15 PM

“Yeah, they were so fair and objective in their coverage of Romney.”

That’s sort of my point. We wall saw how the media covered Romney/Ryan — so can you imagine how ruthless they would have been covering Palin? We already saw a glimpse of that when she was just a VP pick for crying out loud!

stuckinwisconsin on November 7, 2012 at 7:16 PM

We were going for Deb Fisher with or w/o Palin’s endorsement…

OmahaConservative on November 7, 2012 at 7:10 PM

Says you….

idesign on November 7, 2012 at 7:16 PM

Paul Ryan can’t be Preezy. He White.

Rand Paul can’t be Preezy either. He White too.

Rockshine on November 7, 2012 at 7:17 PM

I occasionally bring up mullets too. That doesn’t mean I want to see my doctor wearing one.

Capitalist Hog on November 7, 2012 at 7:15 PM

How’s that Romney Ryan thing working out for ya? LOL

idesign on November 7, 2012 at 7:18 PM

It’s clear after last night conservatism needs to repackaged and reintroduced to the American people. I think Christie would make a goods spokesman – he’s smart, passionate, and charismatic.

stuckinwisconsin on November 7, 2012 at 7:11 PM

Reintroduced? How many have actually been introduced to it in the first place? When’s the last time we actually ran a conservative? Since ’88 it’s been Bush, Bush, Dole, Bush, Bush, McCain, and Romney.

Bush I won due to being Reagan’s VP and then lost. Dole got whipped. Bush won two squeakers and gave us suck gems as NCLB. McCain got whipped. Romney lost to a president presiding over an economy with an unemployment rate of 15% (I use the U6 numbers, not the bull numbers that don’t count part-timers and those that have given up) Christie would do no better, he’s hardly any different than any of those we’ve ran with the exception of being a bit more confrontational.

topdawg on November 7, 2012 at 7:19 PM

Says you….

idesign on November 7, 2012 at 7:16 PM

It was pretty much a given here in NE that we would have voted in anyone who wasn’t Bob Kerrey last night. Palin’s endorsement didn’t matter. We never saw a single ad with Palin for Deb…

OmahaConservative on November 7, 2012 at 7:19 PM

TarheelBen on November 7, 2012 at 7:13 PM

Honestly, you don’t want to open that can of worms here, just leave it alone I beg you.

As for Paul Ryan, Speaker Ryan has a nice ring to it.

Daemonocracy on November 7, 2012 at 7:20 PM

Palin Quit so the people of Alaska won’t have to pay her attorney fees. That is how good a conservative she was. She also knew that the lawsuits would continue if she did not step down.

BroncosRock on November 7, 2012 at 7:20 PM

Wow, it sure didn’t take long for Republicans to cave did it? Like someone said last night, the vandals have entered the gate. Republicans will start the transformation into today’s liberals while liberals take another step toward full blown socialism/communism. We really have reached a tipping point, the takers outnumber the makers. It’s really not simply the re-election of the worst President ever. It’s just about everything that was voted on. Colorado as moved toward drug addiction. California has raised it’s sales taxes, already the highest in the nation, another 1/4% (bringing it close to 10% now), to give more money to the education system that is already overpaid and under worked, who’s graduates can barely read at a 5rd grade level and who can’t understand simple math, that ranks 48th out of 50 states. It is time for individuals like me to end my business, fire my employees,sell my stocks, consolidate, and hide my money.

Dollayo on November 7, 2012 at 7:22 PM

Great RINO’s in American history.

Hmmmm….Ah yeah scratch that.

bgibbs1000 on November 7, 2012 at 7:23 PM

It was pretty much a given here in NE that we would have voted in anyone who wasn’t Bob Kerrey last night. Palin’s endorsement didn’t matter. We never saw a single ad with Palin for Deb…

OmahaConservative on November 7, 2012 at 7:19 PM

True. But Fischer probably doesn’t win the primary without that endorsement though.

topdawg on November 7, 2012 at 7:24 PM

Ryan is still good and still should remain in consideration for the future should we have anything left to this country to want to govern. IMO, our loss was due to Romney’s grand strategy of waiting until October to start trying in this race. We needed somebody to hammer Barky all through the summer, and instead he sat silent while he got hammered.

Although I think our 2016 options are wide. Bobby Jindal, Marco Rubio, and Rand Paul all deserve consideration. I’m less worried about our 2016 slate than I am the fair question of whether it will be any use trying to contest an election for whatever sort of country this is by then.

2014 should be interesting when all the idiots that proclaimed their hate for Obamacare and then stupidly turned around and voted for the guy start having to face the ramifications of the disaster first hand.

Gingotts on November 7, 2012 at 7:25 PM

topdawg on November 7, 2012 at 7:24 PM

Dunno, Jon Bruning just wasn’t very inspiring. Most conservatives I know foud Deb more appealing very early on…

OmahaConservative on November 7, 2012 at 7:26 PM

It was pretty much a given here in NE that we would have voted in anyone who wasn’t Bob Kerrey last night. Palin’s endorsement didn’t matter. We never saw a single ad with Palin for Deb…

OmahaConservative on November 7, 2012 at 7:19 PM

Deb Fischer was Palin’s. Gotta give her credit. Though I do agree any of our candidates could have won that one, unless he too went full-Akin.

Cruz meanwhile was Erick Erickson’s find, gotta give him credit too. That we all actually lined up properly behind him, Tea Party groups and Palin too was a surprising bit of competence that we need to figure out more often… That split loyalties crap like we had in Missouri has bitten us in the behind far too often already.

Gingotts on November 7, 2012 at 7:27 PM

When I heard him say, “Mr. President, we’re ready to be led”, it made my head spin. Barack is not a leader – why is Boehner this thick-headed?

MustLoveBlogs on November 7, 2012 at 7:09 PM

Serious? He said that…”we’re ready to be led”?? Suddenly we’ve gone from 300 EV kick azz..to bondage submissive?..suddenly we are the ones with the ball gag in our mouths and our eyes gazing downward???

Do these people even think before they word their ideas??

Mimzey on November 7, 2012 at 7:28 PM

Palin Quit so the people of Alaska won’t have to pay her attorney fees.

BroncosRock on November 7, 2012 at 7:20 PM

No, she quit cause after about 5 or 6 of the lawsuits had went through the courts she was $500,000 in debt. She then tried to set up a legal defense fund which she was then sued over. There were about 18-19 more lawsuits she still had to fight off and the governorship of Alaska only pays about $125,000. So she only has a couple of choices: 1. stay as governor and go further into debt, 2. admit to doing whatever she was being sued over to get the lawsuits dropped even though she didn’t do anything illegal or unethical, or 3. resign and make money in the private sector to fight off the lawsuits. She obviously chose #3, all the lawsuits wound up being dismissed as frivolous and anybody who wouldn’t have done the same thing in the situation is an idiot.

topdawg on November 7, 2012 at 7:29 PM

Paul Ryan can’t be Preezy. He White.

Rand Paul can’t be Preezy either. He White too.

Rockshine on November 7, 2012 at 7:17 PM

I love you, man.

People like you are going to keep us Dems in power forever.

urban elitist on November 7, 2012 at 7:30 PM

How’s that Romney Ryan thing working out for ya? LOL

idesign on November 7, 2012 at 7:18 PM

I was pushing for Romney / Santorum 2012 as recently as last week. :)

Capitalist Hog on November 7, 2012 at 7:30 PM

House members have no gravitas.

Rocks on November 7, 2012 at 7:10 PM

Tell that to A. Lincoln, G.H.W. Bush and R.B. Cheney.

Lanceman on November 7, 2012 at 7:30 PM

People like you are going to keep us Dems in power forever.
urban elitist on November 7, 2012 at 7:30 PM

What you mean, you people? You racist,Dawg!

Rockshine on November 7, 2012 at 7:37 PM

Sorry guys, Palin quit on us. She didn’t even finish her governorship duties.

She quit, got her million dollar job, kept her fame, and that was that for her.

A Axe on November 7, 2012 at 7:38 PM

Seriously… Christie’s dead to me. Hope he loses his reelection. As for Rubio, what is the appeal again?? Other than pretty speeches and a dark tan. At least Ryan has done something. Let’s see what he decides to do with it now. Really concerned that he’ll be diminished however with the loser tar.

Illinidiva on November 7, 2012 at 7:39 PM

Sorry guys, Palin quit on us. She didn’t even finish her governorship duties.

She quit, got her million dollar job, kept her fame, and that was that for her.

A Axe on November 7, 2012 at 7:38 PM

And what would you have done in that situation?

topdawg on November 7, 2012 at 7:39 PM

Tell that to A. Lincoln, G.H.W. Bush and R.B. Cheney.

Lanceman on November 7, 2012 at 7:30 PM

Paul Ryan is no Abe Lincoln.

G.H.W. Bush was head of CIA and Vice President for eight years and won running on Reagan’s coattails

Cheney was secretary of defense and a major business leader.

bgibbs1000 on November 7, 2012 at 7:42 PM

And what would you have done in that situation?

topdawg on November 7, 2012 at 7:39 PM

He would have bankrupted his family, and cost his state millions..:)

idesign on November 7, 2012 at 7:45 PM

Purist really? Didn’t he vote for TARP et al. which increased the size of the debt? Ryan is great but a purist he is not.

LaughterJones on November 7, 2012 at 7:45 PM

How about Paul Ryan TAKES OVER for Boehner!

Maybe he can actually keep a lit fire under Obama’s butt and not be so obsessed with highway bills.

“Speaker Ryan” would be a good consolation prize, if you ask me…

TMOverbeck on November 7, 2012 at 7:47 PM

Oh, Erika. Often you are on the correct path, but then you get lost. There is nothing fiscally sane about Ryan. He voted for TARP (which he still defends), the bailouts, raising the debt ceiling, Medicare Part D, confiscating CEO bonuses, etc. I don’t want this guy anywhere near Washington.

Dante on November 7, 2012 at 7:08 PM

Exactly. When evaluating performance of something, the standard approach is to look at their history, which is indicative of how they may perform.

Most of us on here castrate people for these types of votes, look at 2010. Many of them got booted for Tea Party-ers. Yet this guy gets a pass cause he created a few good commercials at the Capital and drafted a decent path for the future. Just ignore what he did previously though.

LaughterJones on November 7, 2012 at 7:51 PM

There needs to be a change of leadership in Congress. Ryan as speaker and DeMint as minority leader would set the right signal.

Valkyriepundit on November 7, 2012 at 7:54 PM

Rand Paul.

the_nile on November 7, 2012 at 7:54 PM

Palin Quit so the people of Alaska won’t have to pay her attorney fees.

BroncosRock on November 7, 2012 at 7:20 PM

No, she quit cause after about 5 or 6 of the lawsuits had went through the courts she was $500,000 in debt. She then tried to set up a legal defense fund which she was then sued over. There were about 18-19 more lawsuits she still had to fight off and the governorship of Alaska only pays about $125,000. So she only has a couple of choices: 1. stay as governor and go further into debt, 2. admit to doing whatever she was being sued over to get the lawsuits dropped even though she didn’t do anything illegal or unethical, or 3. resign and make money in the private sector to fight off the lawsuits. She obviously chose #3, all the lawsuits wound up being dismissed as frivolous and anybody who wouldn’t have done the same thing in the situation is an idiot.

topdawg on November 7, 2012 at 7:29 PM

It’s impressive that GOP has so many trolls out already to suppress support for Palin in the vacuum after the Rino collapse.

Ann Coulter was out saying “dont run a woman 2016″.

the_nile on November 7, 2012 at 7:59 PM

Already was offered the Speakership in 2010 and basically declined. I think the last election suggests that he has bigger ambitions than Speaker.

Illinidiva on November 7, 2012 at 7:59 PM

It’s impressive that GOP has so many trolls out already to suppress support for Palin in the vacuum after the Rino collapse.

Ann Coulter was out saying “dont run a woman 2016″.

the_nile on November 7, 2012 at 7:59 PM

To be fair, I don’t think Bronco was being a troll. He/she was just incorrect in their defense of Palin.

Did Coulter really say that? Kind of ridiculous seeing as some of our best ones Martinez, Palin, and Haley are women. I’d put them right up there with Jindal, Walker, and Paul

topdawg on November 7, 2012 at 8:07 PM

Boehner is as hapless as ever. When I heard him say, “Mr. President, we’re ready to be led”, it made my head spin. Barack is not a leader – why is Boehner this thick-headed?

MustLoveBlogs on November 7, 2012 at 7:09 PM

Not so fast. Boehner is no dummy. That was a taunt, a challenge, a dare to Obummer. But, O will deftly ignore the bait. It’s easier to blame, ignore the “across the aisle” fluff of 2008 and just revel in his new “flexibility” !!

crankybutt on November 7, 2012 at 8:21 PM

Not so fast. Boehner is no dummy. That was a taunt, a challenge, a dare to Obummer. But, O will deftly ignore the bait. It’s easier to blame, ignore the “across the aisle” fluff of 2008 and just revel in his new “flexibility” !!

crankybutt on November 7, 2012 at 8:21 PM

Huh?

bgibbs1000 on November 7, 2012 at 8:30 PM

Boehner is as hapless as ever. When I heard him say, “Mr. President, we’re ready to be led”, it made my head spin. Barack is not a leader – why is Boehner this thick-headed?

MustLoveBlogs on November 7, 2012 at 7:09 PM

When are you going to realize that Repubs and Dems belong to the same party?

Dante on November 7, 2012 at 8:31 PM

Dumbing down his math message for the dolts who voted demorat yesterday.

Bishop on November 7, 2012 at 6:49 PM

You mean, “I want to cut $400 BILLION per year from the deficit that runs $1.4 TRILLION per year?” message, right?

That’s dumbing down? Sorry, I was doing way more complicated math at age of 6. And no, leaving just a TRILLION DOLLAR deficit is not somehow enough for me. If anyone is dumb it is Ryan for failing a simple math test while proclaiming it his “achievement”.

Ryan either has to produce a real budget that CUTS down expenses and balances the budget or go away. So far, I am not impressed with his “numbers prowess” where he keeps failing miserably, to the tune of $1 TRILLION PER YEAR. That’s a FAIL from where I sit.

riddick on November 7, 2012 at 8:33 PM

No, she quit cause after about 5 or 6 of the lawsuits had went through the courts she was $500,000 in debt. She then tried to set up a legal defense fund which she was then sued over. There were about 18-19 more lawsuits she still had to fight off and the governorship of Alaska only pays about $125,000. So she only has a couple of choices: 1. stay as governor and go further into debt, 2. admit to doing whatever she was being sued over to get the lawsuits dropped even though she didn’t do anything illegal or unethical, or 3. resign and make money in the private sector to fight off the lawsuits. She obviously chose #3, all the lawsuits wound up being dismissed as frivolous and anybody who wouldn’t have done the same thing in the situation is an idiot.

topdawg on November 7, 2012 at 7:29 PM

Amazing just how so many IDIOTS still can’t understand the simple math and protection of one’s family. And we are supposed to be surprised we lost elections last night? When every RINO now shows their true face?

GOP is nothing but RINOs. We need a new party. Simple math proficiency should be a requisite.

riddick on November 7, 2012 at 8:36 PM

His resume will be thim(what exactly can you accomplish as a Senator in the minority party in just a single term?), but his personal popularity and ethnicity along with hailing from a key swing state will give him the edge.

So your saying that Rubio is Obama?

HarryBackside on November 7, 2012 at 8:37 PM

Looks like the SpokesHoles are already circling to bash Palin.

What does Coulter have to say about Christie giving such over the top fawning praise to Obama?

SparkPlug on November 7, 2012 at 8:39 PM

When are you going to realize that Repubs and Dems belong to the same party?

Dante on November 7, 2012 at 8:31 PM

Yep. Roger that.

And same as libertarians are communist lite. Romney “lost” NV by 2 points? With 4-6 percent of Hussein’s numbers coming from communist lite, aka “libertarians”. As some of them openly stated in local media, they are “proud” to vote for Hussein. Scum of the earth.

Go away. Herr Doktor will resume his racist, anti-semitic rantings now that he’s gone from the House, you should apply for a job in his new “editorial” staff.

riddick on November 7, 2012 at 8:41 PM

And same as libertarians are communist lite.

riddick on November 7, 2012 at 8:41 PM

Your ignorance is astounding.

Dante on November 7, 2012 at 8:42 PM

Boehner and his crocodile tears in 2008 – will he hold the line this time?

disa on November 7, 2012 at 8:42 PM

After last night, it’s looking like Rubio or Christie are at the top of the list for 2016.

stuckinwisconsin on November 7, 2012 at 6:52 PM

I think Christy would be better off running as a Democrat. He is complete and utter filth as far as I am concerned. He chose himself over the country. He is a traitor and I hope he get hermeroids on his giant a$$.

If I hear the phrase “soul search” one more time I’m going to scream or puke.

magicbeans on November 7, 2012 at 8:42 PM

Yes..Rubio is basically Obama.

Illinidiva on November 7, 2012 at 8:42 PM

GOP is nothing but RINOs. We need a new party. Simple math proficiency should be a requisite.

riddick on November 7, 2012 at 8:36 PM

I won’t say it’s nothing but RINO’s but we do need a new party. A party led by the likes of Paul, Palin, Demint, Walker, etc. is really what we need.

topdawg on November 7, 2012 at 8:43 PM

What does Coulter have to say about Christie giving such over the top fawning praise to Obama?

SparkPlug on November 7, 2012 at 8:39 PM

Oh, I’ve been scanning TV and online today; all day long, for her excuse. Nada.

Main reason Hussein had a chance was Turd from NJ’s endorsement last week. While not receiving ANYTHING back from FEMA. Nada.

riddick on November 7, 2012 at 8:44 PM

Of course, the question on everybody’s mind now is, will Paul Ryan be primed for his own presidential run in 2016, and will he be acting off of those considerations or be more willing to bend to Boehner’s potential plans for leading the party?

The 2016 nominee will be Jeb Bush with Marco Rubio as Veep. Ryan’s seen as too extreme by the majority of party elders, plus it’s not “his turn” yet.

Doomberg on November 7, 2012 at 8:44 PM

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