The Top 5 Possible Paul Ryan Replacements

Submitted by Jim E. of The Political Insider

This morning we learned that Speaker of the House Paul Ryan will soon be announcing his retirement from Congress. With Democrat fervor at an all-time high, and Republicans set to lose a massive number of seats in the November midterm elections, Ryan appears to be turning his tail just as his party is set to lose power. Whoever replaces Ryan isn't guaranteed to be Speaker anymore.

Axios initially reported that Ryan would make his retirement announcement tomorrow. But House Majority Whip Steve Scalise went on "Fox and Friends" this morning to confirm that Ryan will make his announcement later today:

With Ryan's retirement confirmed by the man himself, all talk in Washington is now focused on who will be the next Republican leader in the House of Representatives.

Here are the top 5 possible replacements for Paul Ryan:

1. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise - Rep. Scalise is the most likely heir apparent, and it has been rumored for the past few weeks that he is the lawmaker with the best chance of replacing Ryan. Scalise is liked and respected on both sides of the aisle. He's also a heroic survivor of the shooting spree last spring where a crazed Bernie Sanders supporter attempted to mow down an entire baseball field full of Republicans. During President Trump's last State of the Union speech, he specifically named Scalise "one of the toughest people ever to serve in this House" to raucous applause.

2. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy - Currently the second in command, Rep. McCarthy is reportedly vying with Scalise for the coveted position of House Speaker. Politico reported earlier this week that McCarthy is quietly courting support from rank-and-file members. Back when John Boehner retired from the speakership, McCarthy was heavily favored to replace him, until rumors of an affair derailed his candidacy. Rep. McCarthy is also scheduled to have dinner with President Trump tonight:

3. Rep. Daniel Webster - When John Boehner retired, Rep. Webster, a Florida Republican, was the conservative choice for Speaker. His short-lived campaign didn't garner many votes, but it showed dissent from the more conservative members of the GOP caucus. Webster reportedly has no plans to run for Speaker of the House again in the near future.

4. Rep. Mike Conaway - The Texas congressman was once seen as a "compromise choice" among the Republican caucus. Politico reported back in 2016 after speculation of Ryan's departure had reached a fever pitch: "Several senior Republican lawmakers and aides speculate that Conaway, first elected in 2005, could jump into the speaker race if Ryan steps aside and McCarthy doesn’t have the votes to take the gavel or passes." Conaway not only has the Texas delegation to back his candidacy, but he's also an accountant, which gives him a reputation for even-handedness.

5. Rep. Jim Jordan - Another conservative darling and former chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, Rep. Jordan has a lot of connections to outside conservative advocacy groups. If Scalise chooses not to run and Webster doesn't take another stab at it, Jordan would have the instant backing of many influential groups. Jordan's so outspoken and driven that Politico once referred to him as "the other Speaker of the House."



LetThemEatRand Wed, 04/11/2018 - 22:07 Permalink

I notice Rand Paul is not on the list, of course.  Come on Red Teamers here, tell me why I should care.  Who wants to go on record saying any of these asshats will change anything for the better?  If you won't, ask yourself why you still believe in the Red Team/Blue Team system.

J S Bach tmosley Wed, 04/11/2018 - 22:37 Permalink

Of course, there is no mention of businessman, Paul Nehlen for Wisconsin Senator.

Check this guy out...

He is the ONLY one speaking the truth about the parasite infecting our body politic.  I've heard him interviewed on several podcasts and he's not afraid to mention (((TPTB))). A rare man of courage these days.  If you want a bandaid on cancer, elect one of the five lickspittles mentioned above.  If you want an extraction of the tumor, this guy at least shows an x-ray of it.

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infotechsailor hxc Wed, 04/11/2018 - 23:09 Permalink

JS BACH -- I think you're confused.  This article is about which Republican is replacing him as speaker, not replacing him as a Wisconsin rep. Paul Nehlen ( who I love and donated money to)  is running for Ryan's house district (not senate) but even if he wins, he won't become speaker as a freshman it just doesn't happen until you gain seniority in your party. 

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One of We Sy Kloine Bee Thu, 04/12/2018 - 01:52 Permalink

"the one they have on video screwing little boys."  Your implication is that only one has pedo dirt?  I assure you pizzagate goes deep into the R establishment and perhaps even deeper than the D's.  Congress is entirely irrelevant at this point.  They have abdicated their charge to declare war and maintain a budget.  As far as I can tell they busy themselves with show trials and insider trading when they take a break from buggering the interns.

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NumberNone philipat Thu, 04/12/2018 - 00:12 Permalink

Agreed.  The 'Red Team' is throwing the game so that the 'Blue Team' wins House and Senate so that Trump can be impeached in order to make the Deep State happy.  

If Trump is the quarterback...the 'Republican' offensive line is literally going to stand up, put hands on hips, and let the 'Democrat' defense crush him in the next election. 

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cheeseheader LetThemEatRand Wed, 04/11/2018 - 22:24 Permalink

This eventual traitor (ex-conservative) was my congressman for ~11 yrs.  I followed him around our district (1st) for maybe 2-3 years while he gave a hefty number of town halls.  Staunch conser. and he rallied us all around him on his way to DC for his turnaround once he got there.  The Swamp got him (like all other electeds) and he turned against us in WI, and in the rest of the country.  He reversed on Chief Justice Roberts' and that was the end for me.  He's a turncoat.  And now, he'll become a lobbyist as they all do serving corporate interests, instead of the people's who supposedly elected him.

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rickv404 Wed, 04/11/2018 - 22:17 Permalink

Yep, all clones of Boehner and Ryan. They have to be because that's what's required of the job. Anyone who actually believes in limited government wouldn't stand a chance.