What Is Paul Ryan Up To?

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While many establishment Republicans would love Paul Ryan to emerge in Cleveland to rescue the party from what they think is a doomed presidential bid, as The Hill reports, some among their number recognize that any effort to take the nomination away from Trump or Cruz, if either goes to Cleveland with far more delegates than anyone else, could hurt the GOP for years.

Having surged from nowhere to "a contender" during March's fiascos, April has seen Speaker Ryan's odds of a nomination decline substantially...


But as The Hill asks - What is Paul Ryan up to? Republicans inside and outside the Beltway see the young Speaker and 2012 vice presidential candidate as a shining star for the party and a stronger general election opponent against Hillary Clinton than either Trump or Sen. Ted Cruz. Many would love Ryan to emerge in Cleveland to rescue the party from what they think is a doomed presidential bid.

Still, there are a number of reasons to think that Ryan, a policy wonk who is no wink-and-a-nod politician, has no intention of being the GOP standard-bearer this year.

Rules in place would make it difficult. The GOP’s current rules state that the nominee must win the majority of delegates in at least eight states, a mark that only Trump and Cruz seem able to meet.


It’s also possible the real estate mogul could still clinch the nomination by securing the 1,237 delegates required. That would leave little room for anyone to overtake him — and Ryan is a big fan of focusing only on what you can control.


More important, Cruz and Trump supporters would be outraged over any effort to take the nomination from their candidate.


It could be virtually impossible for a third party to sweep in and become the nominee and then win over the Cruz and Trump crowds. The backlash would leave lasting political scars that could hamper a bid down the road.


Tea Party Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) says the speculation about Ryan becoming the nominee is “way overblown. He understands that if he were parachuted in, it would be extremely difficult or impossible to get the support of the grass roots.”


Trump has done well because of discontent within the Republican Party. Any effort to take the nomination away from Trump or Cruz, if either goes to Cleveland with far more delegates than anyone else, could hurt the GOP for years.


“I would envision pain for years to come,” one Republican said of the possibility.


This Republican said the GOP establishment needs a reset, something Ryan seems to realize, given his recent actions. Losing the election in 2016 could help with the reset and set the party up for victories in 2018 and 2020.

A former House leadership aide said this isn’t Ryan’s time.

Asked whether Ryan is trying to jockey for the 2016 nod, the GOP source responded,

“I really don’t think so … he wants to present conservative solutions to everyday problems and show that Republicans in the House can lead and be problem solvers.”

How do you attract attention if you’re not a presidential candidate in an election year? You talk about the race. That’s what Ryan is doing.

  • If his party wins the White House in 2016, Ryan will be positioned to work with a new GOP president on a list of policy goals he’s held since winning his first election to Congress at the age of 28. Ryan can’t afford to have a divisive relationship with Trump or Cruz if either becomes the GOP nominee.
  • If Clinton wins the White House, Ryan will again be his party’s top officeholder and immediately will be seen as a prime contender for the Republican nomination in 2020.

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RacerX's picture

Ryan is getting primaried in his own district. Maybe he will go the way of Cantor?

stinkhammer's picture

RINO Ryan!  Tired of hearing about this pussy motherfucker

laser's picture

It will likely be a different world in 2020.

TahoeBilly2012's picture

Eventually someone is going to get themselves shot, I just wonder who and when. These so called leaders are a gang of psychos and until someone physically curtails their way on thinking, they just are fearless. 

MillionDollarBonus_'s picture

Republicans need to understand that the GOP can do whatever it likes. Selecting a candidate is not a popularity contest. Certainly the votes will be taken into consideration, but ultimately it's a decision that is made by that party officials, and  whiny republican voters need to get this through their heads. You do not run the party, and it's not your decision.


glenlloyd's picture

Ryan is not a conservative and tbh I don't think people trust Ryan, I don't. He seems sleazy to me...

HowdyDoody's picture

He's doing what he does best - fellating the donkey.

0b1knob's picture

All the demonstrations of kinderangst (look it up) by Trump supporters is pathetic.  Of course the GOP is going to nominate a candidate who the party thinks has the best chance of winning.   What else would they do?

In the end voters decide to vote for the LOC (least objectionable candidate).  Can you really see Trump supporters voting for the Hildabeast in order to "punish" the GOP?

Look on the bright side.   At least hot tub boy Marco is out of it.   And the spectacle of geriatric communist Bernie torturing the Hildabeast is very entertaining. 

Theosebes Goodfellow's picture

~"What Is Paul Ryan Up To?"~  

"I am not a candidate."

Later, at an undisclosed brokered convention...

"No, no, really I can't. Well..., if you insist..."  

That's what he's "up" to.

knukles's picture

Ryan "rescue" the party?  Hah ha ha ha ha
If it's self-immolation they want, make it so.

It is fundamentally amazing, how the Establishment maschinaitons and self-dealings are being bared by both parties so openly.  The Dems screwing over Bernie and the RNC shafting The Donald.
Gonna be one piss load of mad as hell and ain't gonna take it anymore folks out there pretty soon!

toady's picture

Great minds think alike. I said basically the same thing a few comments down. ..

knukles's picture

My apologies and Kudos to you.
Sure is becoming a slight bit more than self-eveident, no?
But then again a lotta folks are watching "I am Cait" reruns to see of he gets his dinky removed.

IridiumRebel's picture

"Republicans need to understand that the GOP can do whatever it likes. Selecting a candidate is not a popularity contest."

Well, some see different; so much so, that the party is on the precipice of implosion.


Love the blog by the way. It made me laugh.

gatorengineer's picture

MDB giving up trolling?  Your post was 100 percent factual.

Antifaschistische's picture

35 years of the Republican Party truly "standing" for nothing.  Any true value oriented candidate has been shot down and replaced with a fraternity guy.  This signals the end of the party period...it's only a dream to believe that they would ever have a core belief any more.   The Democrats figured that out a couple decades ago and will ride the democratic proverbial two wolves and a sheep voting on what's for lunch mantra to the final destruction of it all.   Is it too late to learn how to speak Icelandic? Looks like they have hope...damn, I hate the cold.

froze25's picture

Iceland isn't really that bad, its like Maine. The volcano and ocean do a lot to stabilize the temp.

One World Mafia's picture

ZH sleeping when the mafia GOP stole the delegates from Trump in Colorado, or all the states before that, but Colorado the most in your face theft, and gave it to ineligible Cruz.  The GOP is violating voting right's acts, civil rights, disenfranchising voters, as well s turning the delegate system on its head.  The GOP enacted its own laws to trump laws protecting voters. The party and the govt have been committing fraud by advertising to people to get out and vote when your vote is ignored.

toady's picture

No doubt. Party politics is getting exposed a LOT lately,and JoeSixpack doesn't like it at all. This shit in Colorado, with the republicans not even having a vote, just doing some behind-closed-doors thing, and Bernie getting screwed by the DNC "superdelegates".... well, the ignorant masses are learning fast. Party politics is bullshit!

Its time for a new party, a third party, A WILD PARTY!


Illegal's picture

USIP party
Pirate Party is a left of center party - screw that! They are a bunch of collectivist.

gatorengineer's picture

Every Hedger should make a contribution to his opponet.  I doubt the dems will run anyone against him but if they do I will contribute to who/whatever it is running.

sam i am's picture

RUSSIA SITREP April 12, 2016 by Scott


Surging Chaos's picture

I don't think he will go the way of Cantor, realistically speaking.

Cantor lost his primary challenge because he flat out ignored it. Ryan will have his Beltway war chests ready to go knowing what happened to Cantor.

MFL8240's picture

Paul Ryan is a Obama protege masked in a republican suit!

gatorengineer's picture

very poorly masked.  If the elite have their way it will be Ryan / Rubitout or the Rino SC govenor on the undercard.

froze25's picture

Ryans big accomplishments since becoming speaker? zero. He has only caved and caved and caved to Obama, same as Boehner.

Colonel Klink's picture

Ryan took over Bohner's job of sucking off the Democrats, and swallowing Obama's executive seed.

Flakmeister's picture

Not sure who would be insulted more, Ryan or Obama...

Colonel Klink's picture

Ryan is the first link in the Obama human centepede.  It's hard to tell were Obama ends and Ryan begins.

Lady Jessica's picture

The GOP establishment needs a reset?

If 'reset' means 'extermination', then yes, I suppose they do.

Sentient B-ing's picture

It means exactly what folks have been saying.... they don't give a shit if they lose in Nov as long as Cruz or Trump does not get the nomination......Repub establishment to voters "Screw you people we don't give a shit what you think!"

One World Mafia's picture

The GOP loves ineligible, TPA-voting Cruz. They've been giving him Trump's delegates. Hard to believe you can be so blind.

Cruz has a sad history of voting establishment.  Besides Obamatrade, he voted for the Patriot Act and quietly for the NDAA (jail forever no trial) in committee. But didn't show up for the most important vote of our time, Audit The Fed.  The msm gave him lots of publicity when he voted for bills that are dear to his constituents hearts.


froze25's picture

He's backed by the Bush crime family. What more do you need? NWO all the way.

KnuckleDragger-X's picture

Both parties are fucking up in interesting new ways. I see a new reality show...Lobotomy Island.......

Lady Jessica's picture

If it's like Gilligans's Island that means the Clintons are the Thurston Howells.

Flakmeister's picture

Let me guess, Ryan is Gilligan and Trump is the Skipper....

Colonel Klink's picture

And according to Obama, he's Ginger.

Baa baa's picture

Disagree! This is an opportunity for the GOP to expand its voter base beyond the greatest expectations. Can the rhetoric and use "Facts". Show America where we are and take responsibility for the errors. Explain diminishing returns using monosyllables. Demonstrate the advantages of limited government, again use monosyllables whenever possible. Demonize no one, rather explain (Yep) the vacuum from which the empty promises emerge. Make no empty promises. Tell the truth, we can take it.

I realize the RNC would have to be overhauled to get this kind of frank and truthful info out to the voters but let them labor under no misconceptions about their future. Prepare them for the fight of their lives. The Republicans may go the way of the Whigs but the principles would endure.

America desperately needs to vent and the Republicans could be that outlet (As Trump has demonstrated). Appeal to a campaign of personal success based on merit. Give the immigrants hope if they get on board and commit to the American culture. If that fails, a revolution is certainly the inevitable future.

Progressive liberalism has failed to keep the house in order. With their solutions, war, starvation and massive die-off will be the reward.

Simplistic? Yes. You got a better idea? I mean, if there is no discernible difference between democrats and Republicans, then it is high time we created some.

I just wasted precious time, didn't I?

Rabbit rancher's picture

Shit floats and he is a floater

bob_bichen's picture
bob_bichen (not verified) Rabbit rancher Apr 12, 2016 11:22 AM

You make reference to the well-known  Septic Tank Rule.

In a septic tank, the "you know what" inexplicably rises to the top and floats around far too long, stinking up the place until, finally, it rots and sinks to the bottom where it belongs.

Political parties, along with most large organizations these days, seem to have the Septic Tank Rule embedded in the organizations' DNA and Missionary Position Statement.


KnuckleDragger-X's picture

Cream rises, but shit floats.......

IridiumRebel's picture

I think Colorado was the last straw for many. The avalanche of anti-Trump ads and MSM pandering has made even the fence riders question why so much push back. I do not see anything Making America Great Again! but the fact that many republicans hold that Trump is the last shot at saving America for Americans means that many may just say FUCK YOU GOP. 

chunga's picture

The TV people are trying to explain how this Sanders character apparently "winning" 7/8 translates to a lock for Hill'rey. This comes on top of the coin toss debacle!

They're also explaining that apparently not counting *any* votes at all in CO is just how it works.

We're being told that all of a sudden they "have to follow the rules"!

It's preposterous and absurd!

bob_bichen's picture
bob_bichen (not verified) Apr 12, 2016 11:19 AM

Perhaps the real question is, when offered a choice between Paul Ryan and Disney character Goofy ... who would voters prefer?  

cheech_wizard's picture

Doubletaps to the back of the head which are then promptly determined as suicides?

E.F. Mutton's picture

Anything Ryan does that benefits the people would be purely coincidencidental.

He is the Heir Apparent Lackey for the NWO. 

Government needs you to pay taxes's picture

Paul RYNO is busy alright . . . fucking over Americans and their Constitutional freedoms.  He and his cadre best take care. . . there is a reckoning in the air.