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Aww, Paul Ryan Doesn’t Want to be a Weekend Dad #breakingmyheart

I love when people in Washington reveal how out of touch they are with the rest of the country. House Speaker Paul Ryan, who said today he won’t run for reelection, did just that with a couple of sentences Wednesday:

One thing I have learned about teenagers is their idea of an ideal weekend is not necessarily to spend all of their time with their parents. What I realize is if I am here for one more term, my kids will only have ever known me as a weekend dad. I just can’t let that happen.

So I will be setting new priorities in my life.

Now, let me ask you dads out there. Who among you is not a “weekend dad”? Who among you has the luxury of putting in a few hours of work and hanging with your kids during the week?

A lot of us aren’t just weekend dads. We’re “Sunday” dads, since we’re working Saturdays too. Paul Ryan knows full well that once he’s out of Congress, he’ll be invited to join numerous boards and provide high-priced “consulting advice” and make millions with a 30-hour work week.

I’m so glad he’ll have weekends and more with his kids. I’m sorry he spent trillions of our dollars on the way out the door of the Capitol that we all will have to pay back.

It’s nice he’ll be able to get about “setting new priorities in my life.” One of them, of course, will be running for president. I doubt he’ll do it in 2020, as some are speculating. The base hates him and anyone who challenges Trump in the primaries, unless it emerges that . . . welll . . . Trump shot someone on Fifth Avenue, is going to lose.

Ryan will spend the next few years doing the P90 workoout with his kids and taking them to Packers games – and Bucks and Brewers games, since he’ll have weekdays too – and playing tetherball in the backyard while waiting for everyone to forget he is one of the swamp creatures. And then, as his nest empties – since I think he is sincere about wanting to be with his family – he’ll be back in the political arena.

Ryan’s Unexpected House Help: Donald Trump

House Speaker Paul Ryan may not be able to control his caucus. But Trump can do for him.

From the Washington Examiner:

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.

Video || Paul Ryan Says Trump’s Comments “Racist”

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.

Ryan Throws in the Towel, Backs Trump

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. “That’s why I’ll be voting for him this fall,” Ryan wrote.

Faced, I suppose, with ending his career or endorsing Donald Trump, he chose the latter. And with it, the last bastion of resistance in the Republican establishment crumbled at Trump’s feet.

Ryan on Trump Meeting: Good Start, Not There Yet

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 we are now planting the seeds to get ourselves unified, to bridge the gaps and differences.”

But he added, “This is a process. It takes a little time,” saying, “It’s very important that we don’t fake unifying.”

Paul Ryan’s Demands Should Disqualify Him

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 ever wanted — have ever sought,” Ryan told reporters late Tuesday. “I came to the conclusion that this is a very dire moment, not just for Congress, not just for the Republican Party, but for our country.”

Actually, Ryan’s noblesse oblige comes with a stiff price. Before he will formally start running for speaker, Ryan wants an oath of allegiance from each of the conservative caucuses, including the rebellious House Freedom Caucus, whose threats not to back Speaker John Boehner led to Boehner’s decision to bail.

Worse, Ryan wants the Freedom Caucus and others to agree to abandon the very tool they used to topple Boehner — a motion to “Vacate the Chair” that would require a simple majority vote of the House to depose the speaker.

This means that with Ryan, who echoes Boehner in his support for massive trade pacts, “comprehensive” immigration reform, and making deals with President Obama, Republicans would be getting something similar to what they had — only without the leverage they previously possessed.

That is, they’d be trading in their old car for a newer model, but one with the same engine problems and, which this time, they couldn’t trade in for something else.

They have until Friday to comply.

Conservatives who agree to his terms will betray voters who put them in office to stand for principle and act independently — not rubber stamp the rule of a reluctant new overlord backed by the GOP establishment and chambers of commerce.

Democrats are thrilled with Ryan’s possible ascension to power.

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid said Tuesday he’s a “Paul Ryan fan,” and it’s no surprise. They will be facing off against someone who would rather be wonking it up as chairman of the tax writing Ways and Means Committee, Ryan’s current post, and who is only going to have half his head in the job.

“I cannot and will not give up my family time,” Ryan said, a declaration seemingly designed to safeguard his precious Wisconsin weekends.

He reportedly will refuse to vigorously perform one of the most basic jobs of speaker — raise money for colleagues — a vital role that not only would help preserve the GOP majority, but give him the leverage over members he needs to do his job.

Meantime, someone who is laying down conditions even before ascending to the post can be counted upon to have even less patience with the demands of conservatives than the amiable Boehner.

Ryan’s grumbling self-absorption is remarkable for someone on the cusp of gaining the perhaps second most powerful position in the country.

Unlike service members who dutifully troop to Afghanistan to fight venomous Islamist serpents, unlike Founding Fathers like George Washington and John Adams who departed their beloved homes and families to establish our nation, and unlike millions of Americans who grind through their jobs and put in weekends to make ends meet, Ryan won’t make a sacrifice unless his foot stomping is appeased.

Such lack of dedication should tell Republicans something about the supposed effectiveness of the man who may soon lead them.

And conservatives surely will find that the demands from Ryan will only begin the multiply once he has power and is unaccountable to them.

Speaker Paul Ryan? Conservatives May Beg to Disagree

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 federal paycheck, doesn’t come close to fitting the prototype of what conservatives want. Rather, he is better associated with the two dethroned GOP establishment figures with whom he wrote the 2010 book “Young Guns” — former presumptive Speaker Kevin McCarthy of California and ex-Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia, who lost a primary challenge to conservative David Brat in 2014.

Being immersed in the establishment for so long, messiness like fights over principles that cause government shutdowns are instinctively frowned upon by Ryan, who in a separate 2014 book called the 2013 shutdown a “suicide mission.”

Ryan wrote: “In short, the strategy our colleagues had been promoting was flawed from beginning to end. It was a suicide mission. But a lot of members were afraid of what would happen if they didn’t jump off the cliff … The shutdown wasn’t a disagreement over principles, or even politics. Rather, it is proof of what happens to a party when it’s defined primarily by what it opposes, instead of by its ideas.”

In a 2014 interview, Ryan said Republicans were easy to blame for the fallout.

Why, then, would a Speaker Ryan handle conservatives who want to do battle with President Barack Obama any differently than current Speaker John Boehner did?

Ryan helped the GOP leadership team that in January 2014 put together “principles” for “comprehensive” immigration  legislation. He has expressed support for legalizing “Dreamers” whose parent brought them to the United States illegally. His website indicates he backs a pathway to citizenship for all illegal aliens. That would effectively give them legal status during a “legal probation” period that occurs before getting the chance to become full citizens.

“A conservative deals with the world as it is — not how it should be,” he lectures on his website.

Ryan also voted for — and went out of his way to promote — the Obama-negotiated Trans-Pacific Partnership. The agreement is anathema to many conservatives concerned about ceding U.S. sovereignty to a regional trade deal, and about the pact’s effect on U.S. workers.

He just doesn’t rate well. Literally. The conservative HeritageAction organization gives him only a 57 percent rating for the current session of Congress, compared to an average for House Republicans of 68 percent.

Putting an exclamation point on the problem, left-wing Democratic firebrand Rep. Luis Gutierrez of Illinois threw his backing behind Ryan.

“He would be good for the country,” Gutierrez said. “He would be good for the Republican Party. Paul Ryan is the kind of individual that would work with people on the other side of the aisle and that’s what we need.'”

Trade, immigration, battles over principle that call attention to Obama-backed outrages — Ryan is wrong on all of these. So why is he right for conservatives?

And is someone who lost a debate to an inanely laughing Vice President Joe Biden really perfect to be the “Speaker” for Republicans?

Even the sometimes tongue-tied McCarthy might have been able to win that one.

Biden: Romney and Ryan Running a “Con Game”

Vice President Joe Biden Sunday accused Gov. Mitt Romney and Rep. Paul Ryan of running a “con game” on voters, charging that the pair were conservatives masquerading as moderates. In his latest acerbic attack, Biden also asserted that Romney and Ryan were liars who “don’t have much character at all.” According to the Associated Press,… Continue Reading

Is Biden Fit to be President?

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

Ryan Takes Two Out of Three Post-Debate Polls

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