By Neil Munro11 Jan 20165
House Speaker Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) 56% may become the GOP establishment’s 2016 candidate who can snatch the nomination or the leadership of the GOP away from pro-American populist Donald Trump, according to D.C. media chatter.
But the move — if it happens — may be too late.
Any fight between the increasingly popular Trump and the decreasingly popular Ryan would mark a last-ditch effort by the GOP’s establishment-business-wing to deny any political power to its conservative voters, likely splitting the party just before the elections that will decide which party gets to control the White House and the U.S. Senate. It might also damage Ryan’s long-term career plans, which are already being undermined by his unpopular policies and his complete failure in the 2016 budget negotiations, despite his support in the establishment media.
The media suggestions for Ryan suddenly appeared Sunday, Jan 10.
In a Daily Beast article about the media’s desire for a political fight at the GOP convention, veteran reporter Jeff Greenfield casually suggested the GOP’s establishment might sabotage Trump at the last moment by using the convention to give the nomination to Ryan, who was defeated in 2012 when he ran as the vice-president candidate with Gov. Mitt Romney.
“If party elders were to meet behind closed doors and deliver the nomination to, say, House Speaker Paul Ryan, that would qualify as a ‘brokered’ outcome,” Greenfield wrote Jan. 10.
Tai Kopan, a writer for CNN, floated Ryan as the media-backed silver bullet against Trump during a Jan. 10 article about a weekend event that showcased Ryan’s much-touted efforts to win more votes from lower-income Americans.
In rare joint appearances, six Republican presidential candidates gathered here on Saturday to talk about ways to address poverty in America, speaking to voters in the crucial early primary state and beyond about why the GOP has the best answers.
House Speaker Paul Ryan and South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) 88% were moderators, and they questioned former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) 79% in small groups about how to address systemic problems at the Kemp Forum on Expanding Opportunity….
I do not and will not support him.
What a scumbag this guy turned out to be. Another lying sack of chit rino! Of course that is my humble opinion!
With the way people are feeling about Paul Ryan right now, I don't think running him would be a very good move. We finally got Boehner out and expected so much of Ryan, but he let us down. Then to prove he was a Conservative and fighting for us, he runs the "killing Obamacare" through Congress to show us he's trying, knowing it's going to be vetoed and having no "purse" to back it up. What a waste of time. He gives in when he's holding a big stick and acts like he's fighting when he doesn't. If this is any indication of the type of President he would be, no thank you.
Paul Ryan would be poison for the GOP nomination.
Boy aren't they all in a twitter.....the "elites" just don't get it..WTP do NOT want ANY part of them...john mcpain being defeated here in AZ...we ARE united here! GO TRUMP!
No chance, however the GOP elite has in the past managed to snatch defeat from the teeth of sucess
These loonies are so damned screwed up they cant find their asses. Paul Ryan has a hangmans noose around his neck and if he ran for president it would be tied to a tree and his "throne" would be kicked out from under him. That should have happened even before the idiots made him Speaker.
Ryan...! You gotta be kiddin me.
Well Oren... many of us failed to see a lot of things happening with this and the former Congress. Things like, fully funding the Obama Administration, or permitting him to wage war in Libya and Syria without Congressional approval, or agreeing to give fast track approval to Obama on the TPP.
I believe that the GOP has become so arrogant and detached from its base that they don't care what our reaction will be... they think they control the Ballot Boxes of America and by HOOK OR CROOK they will gerrymander and electioneer the results they want without the voters.
Don't be surprised to find the GOP leadership use a brokered Convention to appoint their own candidate ... claiming that Trump is unelectable and was unable to secure sufficient delegates in the primary to carry the nomination on his own. That is why we have all these candidates still running ... they want to keep Trump from getting sufficient delegates to carry the vote on the first ballot in the campaign... by splitting the delegates between many, many candidates.
The bums are rigging the primaries to go around the base... to nominate an institutional RINO as the GOP nominee. If they weren't there would only be 3 or 4 in the race right now and after Supper Tuesday only 2 or 3.
Sorry... Oren. Just wanted to emphasize that we cannot enter a crap shoot with the Constitution on the table. We need rules and limits on the Convention in place BEFORE it starts... after may be to late to stop a runaway convention.
A convention that is not governed or limited by law or other legal compact is permitted to do whatever the conventions leaders can promote... that includes what some call a runaway convention... a convention that works outside of what was generally intended.
The only way to ensure that a convention does what the people want is to limit its scope to the purposes the people desire...BEFORE it is convened. To do that one must have some form of lawful contract that provides limits for the convention.
The idea that the delegates and states will act to limit the outcome is not guaranteed... guarantees, are established by law and or other legal compacts. What we need with the current batch of politicians are LEGAL GUARANTEES, not vague promises or anticipated checks and balances... to keep bad amendments from being proposed and ratified.