Ryan to House ultra-conservatives: ‘My price is your surrender’

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Paul Ryan was pretty blunt.

“Prove to me that you can be led, and I will lead you,” he essentially told his fellow House Republicans Tuesday night. “Otherwise, I’ve got better things to do.”

That approach has to come as a bit of a shock to the self-romanticizing “rebels” in the House Freedom Caucus, the “true true conservatives” in a party of mere “true conservatives” who had created this crisis. Here they were, wanting to be wooed and ready with a list of demands they wanted the next speaker to satisfy, and suddenly they’re the ones being pressured to compromise and to satisfy a list of demands.

Among other things, Ryan wants a solid pledge of support from all various wings of the party. And he wants a change of House rules so that once he becomes speaker, he cannot be challenged until the next Congress takes its seats in 2017. Having witnessed what happened to John Boehner and Kevin McCarthy, he has no intention of becoming “the third log on the fire,” he apparently told his colleagues.

“No matter who is speaker, they cannot be successful with this weapon pointed at them all the time,” Ryan’s spokesman told the press.

So will the true believers agree to Ryan’s conditions? No one knows, themselves included. The pressure to do so by the Friday deadline will be intense, but on the other hand, the 40 or so members of the Freedom Caucus have grown fond of themselves and their rebellious image. It has given them a power and a prominence that most of them had no chance of otherwise achieving, and surrendering that for the common good will be difficult.

The same is true of those in conservative media who have egged on the Freedom Caucus from the sidelines, feeding their egos and in the process augmenting their own influence. A surrender by the Freedom Caucus will be bad for their own business, bad for their own sense of worth. As Erick Erickson plaintively put it at RedState, “This would be a terrible, terrible deal for House Conservatives. It would gut their ability to pull the House Republicans to the right.”

Yes. That is exactly what it would do, at least for a month or two, until old patterns and resentments reassert themselves down the road. But it’s either that, or anarchy.

 

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Lee30519
Lee30519

Joe Biden not running!  THANK YOU GOD!

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@Lee30519 

You realize that this is not a good thing for the Republicans, right?

Lee30519
Lee30519

@PaulinNH @Lee30519 Like Hillary he had no change.  I am just glad we dont have to see him for months campaigning and lying.

Nick_Danger
Nick_Danger

@Lee30519 @PaulinNH 

Hey, Lee!

While you're here - you never told us what country you believe Mrs. Clinton is spying for. 

Clue us in, why don't you?  I'm sure I'm not the only one waiting with bated breath!

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

Biden announced - not running

kitty72
kitty72

Even if the Freedom Caucus agrees who says they will stick to the bargain?

straker
straker

The third most powerful position in the most powerful nation on Earth does not seem to have many takers.


Our crazed con Republicans have truly hit a new high/low.


Only in America.

straker
straker

Bill - "Tea Party Republicans/those with common sense"


As fine an oxymoron as I've ever heard.

Bill OrvisWhite
Bill OrvisWhite

Bill's for the other Paul - yes, the honorable Doctor Paul Broun WHO WOULD BE AN EXCELLENT SPEAKER. Bill is not sold on the honorable Rep. Paul Ryan at the moment. Me and millions of others are afraid that a Speaker Ryan would cave on a balanced budget, rightfully de-funding Planned Parenthood, regulations and taxes. We need a Real Man who can guarantee WE THE PEOPLE (Tea Party Republicans/those with Common Sense) some much-needed tax relief and job creation. Amen, Bill 

honested
honested

@Bill OrvisWhite 

Then you want a Parliamentary System.

Because a teeny, tiny minority is not allowed to rule the overwhelming majority in this Country.

Fly-On-The-Wall
Fly-On-The-Wall

@Bill OrvisWhite of course none of this has anything to do with reality.  Seems like they operate outside the constitutional bounds of government.

foo2u
foo2u

"You liberals are patently afraid of the Freedom Caucus, Donald Trump, and Ted Cruz for obvious reasons."

This coming from a bedwetter that hides under his bed at the slightest hint of brown...

Nobody's "skeered" of Cruz, he couldn't even push past the little dude in the red shirt as he desperately tried to rush the stage and politik next to the hillbilly madonna in KY. 

Trump is actually a closeted liberal. 

As for the Freedumb caucus, the only thing anybody is "skeered" of there is their particular brand of bat-crap crazy, and what it could do to the country...

Derp...


Nick_Danger
Nick_Danger

@foo2u 

It makes Vinnie feel less insecure to believe that others are scared.

Kamchak
Kamchak

Paul Ryan Agrees To Be Next GOP Speaker To Resign In Disgrace

After a chaotic weeks-long drama of civil war, complete with tears, and pretty much breaking Congress, Republicans may have figured out a temporary solution to their problem, by strong-arming Ryan into taking the job, at least until Democrats electorally relieve the GOP from the burden of Being In Charge.

So Ryan it is. Unless it is not. He’s given his party until the end of the week to decide.

And if his party does cave to his demands — and really, what choice do they have? — the only remaining questions are how long before conservatives turn on Ryan, like Boehner before him, for being a weak liberal pawn of the Democratic Party, and what kind of SEX SCANDAL will eventually force him to resign.

straker
straker

How much time did Ryan give these diehards?

SeriouslyFolks
SeriouslyFolks

The fact that people are putting up Paul Ryan as the "sane" choice for Speaker shows how far the right has shifted.....

DS
DS

Ryan made them an offer they can't accept. But then the ongoing struggle to find a speaker would be on them. Smart move.

Mick11
Mick11

vindicator

Afraid of your own shadow?  Today's republican brand is loserville, really a terrible time for you as a charter member...

Numbers_R_Us
Numbers_R_Us

Republicans do not have to be the way they are.  They could get an education instead.

InTheMiddle2
InTheMiddle2

@Numbers_R_Us Where do you think Democrats come from, they are just Republicans that found out life was easier if you let someone else do everything for you.

InTheMiddle2
InTheMiddle2

@honested @Numbers_R_Us And yet they are able to maintain your loyal attention. Who is dumber, the Kardashians or the millions that waste their lives paying attention to them.

honested
honested

@InTheMiddle2 @Numbers_R_Us 

You provide an excellent opening for a 'counter spectrum' demand:

Make abortion clinics required as a function of all 24 hour pharmacies to be kept open and staffed 24/7 and funded by a tax on churches.

Kamchak
Kamchak

Boehner backs Ryan to be next House speaker

US House Speaker John Boehner said on Wednesday he supports Representative Paul Ryan’s potential bid to become the chamber’s next top leader.

“I think Paul Ryan would make a great speaker,” Boehner told reporters. “I think Paul is going to get the support he’s looking for.”

When asked if he supported Ryan to succeed him, Boehner, who is expected to step down from the post soon, simply said “yes.”

Ruh, roh.

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