His Royal Speakership

Say, who died and made Paul Ryan Evita?

Evita Ryan2

In his press conference about throwing his name in the mix as the next Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan seems to think he’s in a position to make a boatload of demands.

Before he even enters the race, Ryan wants assurances that he will be supported by the entire Republican caucus. Unless he can be a unifying choice, he won’t do it.

Now, on its face this seems like a reasonable request.

Who wants to go through the mess of running for Speaker if your candidacy does nothing but divide the caucus? I get that. What I find a little over the top is Ryan’s demand that the rules that permitted the conservatives to oust John Boehner’s mid-term be done away with so that nobody can pull that kind of maneuver on him.

That’s a little, well, Diva-esque, don’t you think?

If Ryan really is a “unifying figure,” he wouldn’t need to demand they do away with the rule to vacate the Speaker’s chair. If Ryan is looking to make the House of Representatives once again “the people’s house,” would he need to approach this in such a draconian, “my way or the highway” manner?

It almost seems to me that Paul Ryan is putting conditions on his entering the race that he knows not all Republicans will endorse. Either that, or Paul sees it as his royal Speakership.

The Royal Speaker

Though I believe him to be a smart, thoughtful man, I do have reservations about Paul Ryan.

His speakership being wholeheartedly endorsed by Harry Reid and Luis Gutierrez is chief among my concerns. Anybody else see that as a great big red flag?

The fact that Ryan supports both Obamatrade and Amnesty also make me deeply skittish.

And let’s face it. A man who couldn’t even best the dimwitted Joe Biden in a debate may not be the ideal candidate to lead the Republican-controlled House in standing up to Obama’s radical agenda.

And frankly, Ryan’s statement that we need to “move from an opposition party to being a proposition party” kind of bugged me as well. With Boehner at the helm for nearly five years, I never got the sense that we were the opposition party — even when we really needed to be.

Daniel Horowitz hits the ball out of the park with his column King Ryan: Kiss my Ring over at Conservative Review:

If members were to surrender the ability to depose a Speaker, as Ryan is demanding, we would not be here discussing this new opportunity to fix the House – an opportunity Ryan is suddenly embracing.
And with regards to his sanctimonious call for the end of opposition and the need to be the party of proposition, it’s akin to a farmer responding to an arson at his home by gaily declaring, “I will not be distracted with combating the fire; let’s focus on constructing a new barn.”
Providing a bold contrast on the great issues of our time, especially on critical issues where he supports the Democrats – such as immigration – works seamlessly with proposing positive ideas. These ideas have been stifled for years by a leadership he has slavishly supported.
Ryan’s censorious admonition of his colleagues for focusing too much on opposing Obama is reminiscent of his self-parody during the fight to defund Obamacare in 2013. While vigorously opposing the effort to fight Obamacare as insurance rates were skyrocketing, Ryan penned an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal badgering his colleagues about the need to focus on bigger and better ideas such as Medicare reform. His modus operandi is not to focus on fighting the imminent and easier battle at hand but to focus on long-term, tougher political fights.

Read the whole column. Of everything written about Paul Ryan’s press conference yesterday, his is by far the best.

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