Barely a year ago House Republicans begged Wisconsin’s Paul Ryan to lead them after their most conservative wing compelled Ohio’s John Boehner to throw up his hands and walk away from the speakership.
Now it looks as if the man from Janesville needs his one-time nemesis — President-elect Trump — to step in and stop his unruly conference from squandering voters’ goodwill.
Over objections from Ryan and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., House Republicans privately voted Monday night to bring an independent ethics watchdog in-house — an office created in the wake of a torrent of ethical and corruption scandals that rocked Capitol Hill from 2006-2008.
Ryan hauled them into an emergency meeting hours later but before he could finish cracking the whip, Trump swooped in via Twitter, criticizing their priorities. Problem solved.
Poor Paul Ryan. He wants to be “Mr. Principles” when it comes to the Republican Party, but he also wants to be Speaker. And so he can’t really not support the Party’s nominee, but he made a big show of his reluctance to do so and the things he needed to hear from Trump in order to grant his blessing.
Trump, who knows more about negotiations than the Speaker of the House, met none of Ryan’s conditions, far as I can tell. So Ryan just endorsed him anyway, and now he has to live with it.
“I disavow these comments — I regret those comments that he made,” said Ryan, his voice cracking, concerning Trump’s remarks that the judge in the Trump University case can’t rule fairly because of his Mexican heritage. “Claiming a person can’t do their job because of their race is sort of like the textbook definition of a racist comment,” Ryan said.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was one of the few big name Republicans coming to Trump’s defense.
“I know Donald Trump, I’ve known him for fourteen years, and Donald Trump’s not a racist,” said Christie, who met with Trump at Trump Tower in New York City today. “The allegations that he is [racist] are absolutely contrary to very experience that I’ve had with him over the last 14 years,” said Christie, who spoke before the meeting.
Christie, I suspect, may have had a role in crafting Trump’s statement this afternoon that he will stop bad mouthing the judge.
House Speaker Paul Ryan finally ended the charade and endorsed the nominee of the Party for which he is Speaker of the House. “I feel confident he would help us turn the ideas in this agenda into laws to help improve people’s lives,” Ryan wrote in an op-ed for the Janesville Gazette of Janesville, Wisconsin.… Continue Reading
House Speaker Paul Ryan today said he had a great meeting with Donald Trump Thursday morning on Capitol Hill, but he indicated more work needs to be done before he is able to support the presumptive nominee. “I was very encouraged with what I heard from Donald Trump today,” Ryan said. “I do believe that… Continue Reading
What employer would hire someone who tells him that he doesn’t want the job but if he takes it, he can’t be fired — ever? That’s exactly what House Republicans may be about to do for Rep. Paul Ryan, D-Wisc., who announced his “conditional” run for speaker to Tuesday evening. “This is not a job I’ve… Continue Reading
The Washington media are anointing Rep. Paul Ryan as the one man who can unite the Republican caucus, drawing in conservatives and establishment types alike. But before they crown the Wisconsin lawmaker, one of those Beltway denizens needs to talk to a real, live conservative. Ryan, who has spent nearly his entire professional career in Washington drawing a… Continue Reading
“That’s your problem,” Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) tells IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. “Nobody believes you.” Well, that’s true. But this little bit of grandstanding makes me think maybe Ryan is running for president. Some nice fireworks here. Continue Reading
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Thursday night’s debate raised more profound questions than who won and who lost. First, I’ll give you my scorecard – briefly, because you’ve already been deluged with post-debate analysis. I thought Paul Ryan came out on the winning end of the encounter. Notice I didn’t say he won the encounter. That would ascribe too much… Continue Reading
Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan bested Vice President Biden in their debate Thursday evening, according to two out of three snap polls taken immediately after the contest. CNN put Ryan ahead by 48-44 percent, while CNBC had 53 percent of respondents labeling Ryan the winner compared to 41 percent tfor Biden. But 50 percent… Continue Reading
Politico has already put together a video documenting Vice President Biden’s novel debate strategy: incessant merriment. I think this was a bad tactic, or at least one poorly employed. It was so over the top that people are going to be discussing it at least as much as they talk about who won the debate.… Continue Reading
Republican Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan was a little peeved by questions from a local Michigan TV reporter, whom he said was trying to “stuff words” in his mouth. The session had just been ended by Ryan aide Michael Steel. Have a look: According to Politico, the Ryan camp is saying it didn’t cut off… Continue Reading