Paul Ryan, 2016?

posted at 12:01 pm on July 23, 2014 by Noah Rothman

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), the Republican Party’s bookish former vice presidential nominee, is starting to look like a candidate for the presidency in 2016.

In August, Ryan will publish a book with a distinctly campaign-themed title, The Way Forward. On Tuesday, the Federal Election Commission approved of a nationwide book tour sponsored by Ryan’s publisher and the Political Action Committee the Wisconsin congressman founded, Prosperity Action PAC.

“The book will address “the state of the conservative movement in America today, discuss how it contrasts with liberal progressivism, and explain what must be done to save what Representative Ryan refers to as the ‘American Idea,’” the FEC proposal read.

This development comes as the congressman prepares to deliver a major address on conservative social policy. Preliminary reports indicate that Ryan hopes to shape the conservative approach to a variety of contentious socio-economic issues including poverty, education, tax and regulation policy, criminal justice reform, and the consolidation and streamlining of social safety net programs.

Interestingly, Ryan, a fiscal conservative known for advocating budgetary restraint, will be advocating for smarter spending rather than austerity in his speech.

“People familiar with the matter said Mr. Ryan’s plan wouldn’t grow or slash the deficit. Instead, it would expand spending in certain areas, such as work incentives, and cut spending in areas that he will argue are not benefiting the poor,” The Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday.

The proposals will focus on increasing opportunities for low-income households instead of highlighting ways to cut social welfare programs, said Bob Woodson, president of the Center for Neighborhood Enterprise who has spent more than a year visiting poor cities with Mr. Ryan.

“He’s coming up with a new construct and I’ve encouraged him,” Mr. Woodson said in an interview. “We cannot and should not generalize about poor people. There are the deserving poor and the undeserving poor. It used to be that way and it became politically incorrect. We are returning to some of the old values that served people very effectively until the welfare reforms of the 1960s.”

This is not Ryan’s first attempt to rebrand his party as one which addresses the concerns of poor and middle class voters. His first effort to address poverty issues from a conservative perspective, however, was met with a flurry of criticism from the left and including more than a handful of accusations of racism.

“We have got this tailspin of culture, in our inner cities in particular, of men not working and just generations of men not even thinking about working or learning the value and the culture of work, and so there is a real culture problem here that has to be dealt with,” Ryan told a conservative radio host in March.

In spite of the fact that this precise sentiment was expressed by President Barack Obama, among others, liberal commentators and Democratic congressional representatives said Ryan had exposed his own racial antipathy in this statement.

“When Barack Obama says such things, which are undeniably correct, he is a brave truth-teller; when Paul Ryan says them, he is making an odious play for racist votes,” National Review editor Rich Lowry wrote at the time.

Ryan apologized and clarified his comments, but he shouldn’t have. The manufactured outrage over the House Budget Committee chairman’s choice of words was inevitable, and the charge that Ryan is indulging in “dog whistle” racism will surely be resurrected in the coming months. The attack is an result of the fact that the liberal approach to anti-poverty efforts has few successes to tout. The last defense of the progressive entitlement state is to impugn the motives of those who seek to reform it.

In spite of the objective failure of the War on Poverty to achieve its goals, Democrats continue to enjoy the legacy benefits associated with that campaign. It is a factor contributing to the vast gap between Democrats and Republicans on which party is more trusted to care about everyday concerns important to the vast majority of middle and lower class voters. Any Republican effort to chip away at the perception in the press and among left-of-center voters that the Democratic Party maintains a monopoly on empathy must be vigorously resisted.

Paul Ryan is in for a brutal summer and early fall, but he can take it. His will be a smart campaign aimed at peeling off some layers of President Barack Obama’s winning electoral collation ahead of 2016. At least, that’s what the congressman’s “book tour” looks like in July.


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Nope

Schadenfreude on July 23, 2014 at 12:02 PM

Paul Ryan, 2016?

Ha ha ha ha. I needed the forced laugh.

No.

Myron Falwell on July 23, 2014 at 12:03 PM

No – Chairman of Ways and Means is a better outcome and use of his skills

jake-the-goose on July 23, 2014 at 12:03 PM

No.

There Goes the Neighborhood on July 23, 2014 at 12:03 PM

On Tuesday, the Federal Election Commission approved of a nationwide book tour sponsored by Ryan’s publisher and the Political Action Committee the Wisconsin congressman founded, Prosperity Action PAC.

The fact that Federal Election Commission has to approve his book tour is absolutely absurd.

“People familiar with the matter said Mr. Ryan’s plan wouldn’t grow or slash the deficit. Instead, it would expand
spending in certain areas, such as work incentives, and cut spending in areas that he will argue are not benefiting the poor,” The Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday.

Hahahahahahahahahahahahaha.

Uh… no.

Shump on July 23, 2014 at 12:05 PM

Ryan burned his bridge at the same time Rubio did. Both are not going anywhere.

nobar on July 23, 2014 at 12:06 PM

paul ryan is a master debater.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on July 23, 2014 at 12:09 PM

Not for him but I think he should run if he wants to. The more the merrier, better to see the contrasts between conservatives, GOPes, RINOs and DIABLOs.

Brat on July 23, 2014 at 12:09 PM

If Romney/Ryan had won in ’12, the We’d already have Amnesty now, and the children would be greeted with open arms, a teddy bear, and work permits.

No Ryan. Ever.

portlandon on July 23, 2014 at 12:09 PM

I’m not even convinced that he is a slam dunk winner in his own district come November, if anyone wanted to know how little an opinion I hold of him.

Myron Falwell on July 23, 2014 at 12:09 PM

Why should conservative vote for a guy who made it more expensive to fly. Paul increased fee for flying in the last budget.

BroncosRock on July 23, 2014 at 12:09 PM

RYAN = RINO

No thanks.

NapaConservative on July 23, 2014 at 12:09 PM

The biggest amnesty shill the Repubs have to offer was also just awful in the debates with the doddering Biden.

And guess why Romney picked Ryan? You would think that Ryan’s amnesty proclivities would have given the “severe conservative” that came out so solidly against amnesty some pause. Well no, and Romney has predictably flipped back to being for amnesty just like Ryan: http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/05/30/Mitt-Romney-Not-Healthy-Congress-Hasn-t-Passed-Amnesty

anotherJoe on July 23, 2014 at 12:10 PM

It sure didn’t go well, the first time!!

canopfor on July 23, 2014 at 12:10 PM

Here we go with 2012 again. A field of too many candidates, trying to represent too many flavors of conservatives, and by the time we choose one, he’s really nobodies choice.

Walter L. Newton on July 23, 2014 at 12:11 PM

Not for him but I think he should run if he wants to. The more the merrier, better to see the contrasts between conservatives, GOPes, RINOs and DIABLOs.

Brat on July 23, 2014 at 12:09 PM

100% agree -

jake-the-goose on July 23, 2014 at 12:11 PM

Ryan apologized and clarified his comments, but he shouldn’t have.

This is why he won’t be President, ever.

faraway on July 23, 2014 at 12:12 PM

If the US border with Mexico had a name it would be RYAN’S SIEVE. No way this “me too” RINO should be president.

MaiDee on July 23, 2014 at 12:12 PM

LOL…

d1carter on July 23, 2014 at 12:12 PM

No

Hell No

Fluke NO.

ConstantineXI on July 23, 2014 at 12:12 PM

paul ryan is a master debater.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on July 23, 2014 at 12:09 PM

…and someone is a master baiter!

JugEarsButtHurt on July 23, 2014 at 12:13 PM

I remember that guy. He’s the same Ryan that came to the victorious and highly-praised bipartisan budget agreement where our children saw $23 billion in cuts over ten years while the feds were dumping $85 billion into the economy each month, right?

rogerb on July 23, 2014 at 12:13 PM

The disconnect between Hot Air and its commenters is much like the disconnect between the GOP and conservative voters.

SirGawain on July 23, 2014 at 12:13 PM

If Romney/Ryan had won in ’12, the We’d already have Amnesty now, and the children would be greeted with open arms, a teddy bear, and work permits.

portlandon on July 23, 2014 at 12:09 PM

The great news is… that we will be able to cull many GOP candidates early based on their amnesty positions.

faraway on July 23, 2014 at 12:13 PM

May I remind everyone that he lost a debate to Joe Biden. It wasn’t even close. Furthermore, the GOPe must really be running scared if they’re down to Paul Ryan. I guess Bush, Christie, and Rubio are far too damaged. Not that they care about winning or anything.

joekenha on July 23, 2014 at 12:14 PM

RYAN = RINO

No thanks.

NapaConservative on July 23, 2014 at 12:09 PM

…Paul RINO = right!

JugEarsButtHurt on July 23, 2014 at 12:15 PM

Paul increased our debt with the last budget.
I don’t know why Noah loves moderate Republicans so much.
Don’t call Paul a conservative Noah, he is a moderate.

BroncosRock on July 23, 2014 at 12:15 PM

Nope.
Nope.
Nope.
AAAAAND
Nope.

annoyinglittletwerp on July 23, 2014 at 12:15 PM

Ryan is part of the problem, not part of the solution.

Any chance of running ended when Ryan cut the last budget deal with the vapid Patty Murray and tossed the sequester under the bus.

Athos on July 23, 2014 at 12:16 PM

Nope.

And tell the U.S. Chamber of Commerce we’re not taking their calls, son knock it off.

M240H on July 23, 2014 at 12:16 PM

Go ahead and run, if he’s the nominee I’ll bring a scissors to the voting booth.

Bishop on July 23, 2014 at 12:16 PM

Good thing I no longer vote Republican because reports like this would have made me upset.

higgins1991 on July 23, 2014 at 12:16 PM

Not gonna happen. Not after his poor debate performance against Bite Me, the amnesty sellout, and failing to even deliver his home state to Romney in 2012.

Doughboy on July 23, 2014 at 12:17 PM

don’t trust him any more than I trust John Cornyn

DanMan on July 23, 2014 at 12:18 PM

honestly, I’d rather hold my nose and vote for Rubio even over Paul RyINO

His ongoing pathetic shilling for amnesty makes him dead to me

But his worst sin was that pathetic debate performance– he did absolutely nothing to help Romney win, in his one best opportunity to contribute

thurman on July 23, 2014 at 12:18 PM

Paul Ryan, 2016?

For El Presidente De Mexico?

Sure. He should go down there and start campaigning now. Bon voyage, lowlife.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on July 23, 2014 at 12:18 PM

Ryan/Rubio 2016. Amnesty forever

bgibbs1000 on July 23, 2014 at 12:20 PM

Paul Ryan.

Run-Sarah-Run!
PALIN 2016!

Pork-Chop on July 23, 2014 at 12:20 PM

Slime ball.

El_Terrible on July 23, 2014 at 12:20 PM

No.
Just no!
When you can get outfoxed by braying jackass Biden you’re not the guy.
No to Amnesty.

philw1776 on July 23, 2014 at 12:21 PM

Yeah right. Why not write a post headlined Eric Cantor, 2016? It would be just as insightful.

Ryan is the real power in the House, the big man in the Republican Establishment. He is pulling the Amnesty strings, unapologetically.

Conservatives don’t need to make this guy their nominee in 2016. They need to primary him in his House race. He’s weak. His ticket lost in his own state in 2016. Cantor was low-hanging fruit. This is the big one. Get rid of him.

Joseph K on July 23, 2014 at 12:24 PM

Ryan shouldn’t even be in Congress. His running for both the Congressional seat and VP is pathetic, stupid and repulsive. And I consider it to be illegal – I don’t care what any courts have to say about it. You can’t run for two different positions at the same time. Basic decency should inform anyone of this, if “the law” (LOL) doesn’t.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on July 23, 2014 at 12:24 PM

Same Punk

Schadenfreude on July 23, 2014 at 12:25 PM

If his book doesn’t outsell Hard Choices, he can take it as a sign.

cbenoistd on July 23, 2014 at 12:28 PM

He will be a fine candidate, as long as the Democrats don’t nominate anyone as smart as or smarter than Joe Biden. Biden kicked his butt in their debate debacle.

Oh wait, that’s everybody isn’t it?

Ryan has no chance.

MTF on July 23, 2014 at 12:29 PM

In August, Ryan will publish a book with a distinctly campaign-themed title, The Way Forward.

The Spanish edition, however, will be titled Si Se Puede!

Mark1971 on July 23, 2014 at 12:29 PM

Noah, you really do not understand who the commentators that frequent HotAir are, do you?

You may want to do a wee bit of research into that…many folks are growing weary of you already, and you just got here.

bimmcorp on July 23, 2014 at 12:30 PM

How is it, Mr. Rothman, that you glibly throw out the description “Ryan, a fiscal conservative”?

Simply throwing it out there don’t make it so.

Did he not vote for every Big Government Republican program that Bush and other Republican leaders tout?

An accurate description of Ryan, which applies equally to Romney, Christie, Huckabee, and others, is that they are Big Government Spenders as Long as Republicans Are in Charge of the Checkbook.

In other words, merely being less of a spender than the Obama/Clinton wing of the Permanent Political Class does NOT make one a “fiscal conservative.”

Please be more precise with your language.

Thanks.

hrh40 on July 23, 2014 at 12:31 PM

Cool! I even have a campaign slogan for Ryan:

Ryan: A$$wipe for Amnesty

It will be a cold day in Hell before I vote this rino.

earlgrey on July 23, 2014 at 12:31 PM

The guy that got beat by Joe Biden in a debate?

The guy pushing amnesty in secret with Dems?

No.

Jack_Burton on July 23, 2014 at 12:32 PM

The book will address “the state of the conservative movement in America today

What does Paul Ryan know about being conservative? Shouldn’t you BE one first before you write about it?

dominigan on July 23, 2014 at 12:33 PM

The Spanish edition, however, will be titled Si Se Puede!

Mark1971 on July 23, 2014 at 12:29 PM

Now that’s just about the funniest thing I’ve read all week!

Joseph K on July 23, 2014 at 12:35 PM

There is no rebranding failure.

ezspirit on July 23, 2014 at 12:35 PM

Ryan cut the last budget deal with the vapid Patty Murray

She will be his VP pick.

Bertram Cabot Jr. on July 23, 2014 at 12:36 PM

I didn’t want him on the ticket in the last election and I certainly don’t want him at the top of one. He is the definition of a big government Republican.

Big Orange on July 23, 2014 at 12:37 PM

I’d like to hear his ideas, because finding new ways to address poverty in the US is an absolute necessity, but not interested in electing him President.

lineholder on July 23, 2014 at 12:39 PM

The Libs are still attacking Palin. They ignore Ryan. They will tell you whom they fear. ‘Nuff said.

kingsjester on July 23, 2014 at 12:39 PM

Wisconsin has someone better to offer instead of Ryan–Governor Scott Walker.

I’ll waste my vote with a write-in for Donald Duck rather than Paul Ryan.

Special Forces Grunt on July 23, 2014 at 12:39 PM

Run-Sarah-Run!
PALIN 2016!

Pork-Chop on July 23, 2014 at 12:20 PM

didn’t you hear?? She’s a Speed Demon!!!!!!

We can’t vote for someone who breaks the LAW!!!!!!!!!!!!!

O.K., I kid….but not about her Toyota Tundra pick up!

SARAH!! Ditch the Toyota, girl.

ToddPA on July 23, 2014 at 12:39 PM

The only conservatives on the radar are Sarah Palin, Ted Cruz, Allen West & Ben Carson.

The folks generally brought up here and the other ‘conservative’ blogs are beltway repubs, RINOs and closet democRATs.

bimmcorp on July 23, 2014 at 12:40 PM

Paul Ryan couldn’t even deliver his own district or state to the Presidential ticket he was on in ’12.

HIS.OWN.STATE.

portlandon on July 23, 2014 at 12:41 PM

I hope Paul Ryan loses his reelection bid so that he can make his lobbying job for the the Chamber of Cronyism official.

FloatingRock on July 23, 2014 at 12:42 PM

I would def. like to see more RINOS run than Conservs. just for the simple fact that I want them to split the vote and actually get a conservative in there this time.

Let Christie, Romney, Rubio, Bush et. al all fight over how “moderately likable” they all are.. while a Cruz slides into the nominee.

melle1228 on July 23, 2014 at 12:43 PM

May I remind everyone that he lost a debate to Joe Biden. It wasn’t even close. Furthermore, the GOPe must really be running scared if they’re down to Paul Ryan. I guess Bush, Christie, and Rubio are far too damaged. Not that they care about winning or anything.

joekenha on July 23, 2014 at 12:14 PM

Ok. There was only one VP debate, right? Not sure which one you watched.

I am going to defend Ryan. He cleaned the floor with Biden. He is a master debater. I think he is better suited for being in congress than in the WH.

ConservativePartyNow on July 23, 2014 at 12:43 PM

According to a recent poll even Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine are more popular than Paul Ryan:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/07/23/darth-vader-is-polling-higher-than-all-potential-2016-presidential-candidates/

FloatingRock on July 23, 2014 at 12:44 PM

New rules:

1. If you hire a consultant who broke Reagan’s 11th commandment i.e. anyone from McCain 2008 or anyone from Todd Cochran’s campaign whose name begins with B and ands in R, you’re dead to me.

2. If you have ever been a presidential nominee and lost i.e. Romney or McCain GO AWAY.

3. If you were added to the ticket to appeal to the Rust Belt, and you lost your home state GO AWAY.

4. If you were added to the ticket to talk sensibly about reducing spending and you co-sponsored legislation with dumb-as-a-box-of-hair Patty Murray that undid the sequester cuts GO AWAY.

ezspirit on July 23, 2014 at 12:44 PM

The Libs are still attacking Palin. They ignore Ryan. They will tell you whom they fear. ‘Nuff said.

kingsjester on July 23, 2014 at 12:39 PM

+ Infinity.

ToddPA on July 23, 2014 at 12:45 PM

If you TruCons are against him–especially TC extraordinaire Punk-Chop and the omnipresent, odious Schadenfreude–I’m all for Ryan throwing his hat in the ring.

He’s attractive, smart, likeable, and practical. I think he cares more about the country than he does about himself, which distinguishes him from the Celebrity Airhead from Alaska, whom politically braindead TruCons are still ridiculously pining for.

No wonder far-right dopes with their purity tests can’t stand him. Do the extremists on both sides have ANY idea what they really want? More importantly, do they have the slightest inkling of whether or not their goals are actually attainable in our current political system?

The 70% of voters who deplore the extremists are fed up with the pie-in-the-sky BS coming from both bases.

Meredith on July 23, 2014 at 12:45 PM

Amnesty Ryan, 2016? Nope!

Amnesty Walker, 2016? Nope!

Amnesty Bush, 2016? Nope!

Amnesty Christie, 2016? Nope!

Amnesty Paul, 2016? Nope!

Amnesty Rubio, 2016? Nope!

Flip flopping, misspeaking, backtracking, misquoted, misinterpreted, pandering, spinning, dodging, progressing, evolving… whatever the term used to describe their support of amnesty, immigration reform, doing the right thing, pathway to citizenship or whatever term borrowed from the Democrats and liberal media is a simple NO! Not just NO, but HE11 NO!

Plus, can you trust a guy who’s lips are always sucked in? Of course you can, but I don’t trust this guy who’s lips are always sucked in.

CommieJuice on July 23, 2014 at 12:46 PM

I am going to defend Ryan. He cleaned the floor with Biden. He is a master debater.

FIFY and absurd. Nobody believes Ryan won the debate. Biden acted like a crazy old drunkard, and Ryan laughed and encouraged him. He did not have one knock out blow or even a simple retort.

ezspirit on July 23, 2014 at 12:48 PM

SARAH!! Ditch the Toyota, girl.

ToddPA on July 23, 2014 at 12:39 PM

Tundras are awesome – and built in San Antonio, Texas. Sarah is helping boost the Texas economy! :)

Pork-Chop on July 23, 2014 at 12:49 PM

Meredith on July 23, 2014 at 12:45 PM

Don’t complain when he loses like McCain and Romney.

ezspirit on July 23, 2014 at 12:49 PM

Nobody believes Ryan won the debate.

ezspirit on July 23, 2014 at 12:48 PM

I do

jake-the-goose on July 23, 2014 at 12:50 PM

Paul Ryan not as bright as “they” say. HIs comments on Boehner’s lawsuit demonstrate that he is clueless about the lawsuit’s merits and standing before the court.

Finally, there is the temptation to ask courts to intervene and solve our problems for us. Some conservatives think of judges the way Progressives think of bureaucrats: technical experts with the solutions to our constitutional conflicts. But judges, like bureaucrats, are often the problem. We must be mindful of this temptation. It is true that the Supreme Court can be an ally in conflicts surrounding the Constitution. But it can also be an adversary. Under our Constitution of self-government, the court that really counts is the court of public opinion. We can’t simply rely on the Supreme Court alone to defend our rights. We have to remember that at the end of the day the court of public opinion, where the American people hand down their verdict on Election Day is the final arbiter. In popular government, the people are the final judge and jury.

This more than anything tells me Paul Ryan is not at all ready for prime time. Just stick with the gym and working your abs, Ryan.

LetsBfrank on July 23, 2014 at 12:51 PM

Meredith on July 23, 2014 at 12:45 PM

I’ll just bet you were voted “Miss Personality” in your High School Yearbook. Weren’t you, Sunshine?

kingsjester on July 23, 2014 at 12:51 PM

The 70% of voters who deplore the extremists are fed up with the pie-in-the-sky BS coming from both bases.

Meredith on July 23, 2014 at 12:45 PM

That’s nice, how does that explain Warren?

Don’t think too hard about it.

nobar on July 23, 2014 at 12:51 PM

He’s attractive, smart, likeable, and practical. I think he cares more about the country than he does about himself, which distinguishes him from the Celebrity Airhead from Alaska, whom politically braindead TruCons are still ridiculously pining for.

No wonder far-right dopes with their purity tests can’t stand him. Do the extremists on both sides have ANY idea what they really want? More importantly, do they have the slightest inkling of whether or not their goals are actually attainable in our current political system?

The 70% of voters who deplore the extremists are fed up with the pie-in-the-sky BS coming from both bases.

Meredith on July 23, 2014 at 12:45 PM

AAANNNNNNNNNNDDDD, HERE’S MEREDITH!!!!

Nice post girl….suppose the qualities you listed above were
applied to, oh I don’t know, the LAST nominee?? And who
was HIS running mate??

So 70% of Voters could care less about following the Constitution,
and such?? Yeah, I hear ya!! Let’s nominate a person who doesn’t
really believe in anything…..they just want our Vote.

You go Girl!!!

ToddPA on July 23, 2014 at 12:51 PM

Meredith on July 23, 2014 at 12:45 PM

Spoken like a true, liberal drone. Go shinny up a cactus…

bimmcorp on July 23, 2014 at 12:53 PM

“Those are my core principles and if you don’t like those I have others…”

————– Paul Pablo “Groucho” Ryan

viking01 on July 23, 2014 at 12:54 PM

The 70% of voters who deplore the extremists are fed up with the pie-in-the-sky BS coming from both bases.

Meredith on July 23, 2014 at 12:45 PM

Oh really? Is that why they voted in the most radical leftist liberal in modern history twice after the most most moderate, non-extremist was branded as the worst president of all time by those non-extremist 70%? Makes sense, right?

I like how you pick your candidate. Whoever is most polarizing to Conservatives and has broader appeal to moderates and liberals aka a RINO. Let’s not pick one on principle and issues, instead lets pick one that certain ‘extremist’ will not like.

Is that what you learned at Mensa with the other geniuses?

CommieJuice on July 23, 2014 at 12:54 PM

The 70% of voters who deplore the extremists are fed up with the pie-in-the-sky BS coming from both bases.

Meredith on July 23, 2014 at 12:45 PM

Well said -

jake-the-goose on July 23, 2014 at 12:54 PM

Let Christie, Romney, Rubio, Bush et. al all fight over how “moderately likable” they all are.. while a Cruz slides into the nominee.

melle1228 on July 23, 2014 at 12:43 PM

Hate to say it, but Cruz will lose, too. If the GOP was smart, they would run a Martinez/Paul ticket (just an example), people who actually bring coalitions to the GOP.

Instead, they are going to follow establishment money and consultants, as they disastrously have in the past, and they will predictably lose.

ezspirit on July 23, 2014 at 12:55 PM

Cool! I even have a campaign slogan for Ryan:

Ryan: A$$wipe for Amnesty

It will be a cold day in Hell before I vote this rino.

earlgrey on July 23, 2014 at 12:31 PM

Wow, you’re sure going to catch hell from Meredith!

ToddPA on July 23, 2014 at 12:55 PM

Let’s see, according to a person or two, one of the measurements of a great leader is the crease of his pants.
Ryan looks spiffy in a suit. Has anyone taken notice of Ryan’s creases yet?
(eye roll)
Seriously, no Rinos. No more of the same. No first woman, first Latino, first gay, first anything… only someone who has experience, strength, and fortitude to follow our constitution and start turning this county around (verses sending us over a cliff).

31giddyup on July 23, 2014 at 12:56 PM

Hate to say it, but Cruz will lose, too. If the GOP was smart, they would run a Martinez/Paul ticket (just an example), people who actually bring coalitions to the GOP.

ezspirit on July 23, 2014 at 12:55 PM

Agreed

Cruz will not win in 2016 – maybe down the road but not in 2016.

Congress is not the source of our solutions – they are the problem.

The process will be wonderful to witness over the next 2 years.

jake-the-goose on July 23, 2014 at 12:57 PM

I do.

jake-the-goose on July 23, 2014 at 12:50 PM

Sounds like you’re marrying him instead of building an argument how he’d be a good nominee lol.

ezspirit on July 23, 2014 at 12:57 PM

No.

Ward Cleaver on July 23, 2014 at 12:58 PM

NO. NO. NO. NO. NO. NO.

NO RINO!!

Key West Reader on July 23, 2014 at 12:59 PM

I was a huge Ryan fan just a few short years ago… oh how things have changed.

This man has shown himself to be on the completely wrong side of Amnesty, there is absolutely nothing he can do to rebrand himself at this point. Him and Rubio… big no way in h*** would I vote for either. I’ll go one step further, I’m not sure I want them re-elected to their current positions, as a matter of trust… they’re damaged goods.

Ukiah on July 23, 2014 at 12:59 PM

Tundras are awesome – and built in San Antonio, Texas. Sarah is helping boost the Texas economy! :)

Pork-Chop on July 23, 2014 at 12:49 PM

yeah, yeah, I know, they’re the best of the Toyota line….

She drives a big azz truck.

ToddPA on July 23, 2014 at 12:59 PM

Hate to say it, but Cruz will lose, too. If the GOP was smart, they would run a Martinez/Paul ticket (just an example), people who actually bring coalitions to the GOP.

Instead, they are going to follow establishment money and consultants, as they disastrously have in the past, and they will predictably lose.

ezspirit on July 23, 2014 at 12:55 PM

Actually, the GOP will continue to lose unless and until they actually nominate a conservative for the office. They cannot win without the base, and the base is conservative.

bimmcorp on July 23, 2014 at 1:00 PM

county = country

31giddyup on July 23, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Sounds like you’re marrying him instead of building an argument how he’d be a good nominee lol.

ezspirit on July 23, 2014 at 12:57 PM

Not sure what kind of candidate he would be.

I don’t want to have support ANYONE from Congress – unless they win the primary.

Our Governors are our best source for POTUS – not Congress.

jake-the-goose on July 23, 2014 at 1:00 PM

He’s attractive, smart, likeable, and practical.

Well, gee. Go like him on Facebook then.

LetsBfrank on July 23, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Not sure what kind of candidate he would be.

We already know what kind of candidate he’d be. He bombed as the veep choice.

ezspirit on July 23, 2014 at 1:02 PM

Actually, the GOP will continue to lose unless and until they actually nominate a conservative for the office. They cannot win without the base, and the base is conservative.

bimmcorp on July 23, 2014 at 1:00 PM

It still has to be a appealing conservative.

i.e. – Mark Levin won’t win any election for any office – ever.

It takes more than just conservative values – must more.

jake-the-goose on July 23, 2014 at 1:03 PM

Hate to say it, but Cruz will lose, too. If the GOP was smart, they would run a Martinez/Paul ticket (just an example), people who actually bring coalitions to the GOP.

Instead, they are going to follow establishment money and consultants, as they disastrously have in the past, and they will predictably lose.

ezspirit on July 23, 2014 at 12:55 PM

NOBODY will lose provided they are Tough, aggressive in
combating the Leftist smears, and have a message….

the question should be WHO will do that???

The LEFT can nominate stone cold Marxists and they’re treated
like they are Mainstream…maybe OUR side should start
punching back for a change??

ToddPA on July 23, 2014 at 1:03 PM

OT, but … WOW …

Politics: VIDEO: Rick Perry reveals that Obama threatened governors at recent meeting

http://www.caintv.com/video-rick-perry-reveals-that

pambi on July 23, 2014 at 1:03 PM

Nope… not going to even entertain the thought of voting for this guy.

Nineball on July 23, 2014 at 1:04 PM

Interestingly, Ryan, a fiscal conservative known for advocating budgetary restraint,

Sorry, I call huge BS on this. Paul Ryan is not a fiscal conservative, he wasn’t a fiscal conservative when he shilled for Medicare Part D, he wasn’t a fiscal conservative when he shilled for TARP, and he sure as hell wasn’t a fiscal conservative when he voted for No Child Left Behind.

This is exactly why Republicans lose and can’t own the debate against the socialist Democrats.

Aizen on July 23, 2014 at 1:04 PM

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