Paul Ryan Crushes GOP Hopes By Saying “No” To The Speaker Job That Nobody Wants

Republicans hoping that Paul Ryan would rescue the party from political turmoil by putting himself forward as a candidate for Speaker of the House, had their hopes dashed again on Friday. A spokesperson for Ryan reiterated that the Congressmen was still not interested in the position. Alex Moe at NBC News tweeted on Friday:

Ryan spox to NBC News: “Chairman Ryan appreciates the support he’s getting from his colleagues but is still not running for Speaker.

The Speaker of the House job has become a job nobody wants. No Republican wants to be given the thankless task of trying to balance the need for maintaining a functioning government with the political need to placate the party’s radical wing that is still hell bent on fighting the very notion of functioning governance.

While Ryan was seen as someone who might be able to unify the establishment and insurgent wings of the Republican Party, he also was probably aware that once he took the gavel that fragile unity would crumble. If he assumed the Speaker’s role, whatever tactics Ryan decided to adopt on the debt ceiling fight, would almost invariably alienate one camp or the other, sending the House back into disarray.

Any politician who wishes to establish a productive political legacy, or who has ambitions for a successful political future, is likely to steer clear of taking on the Speaker’s role in the midst of the current institutional paralysis. One of the few politicians expressing interest in becoming Speaker is former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich.

However, unlike Ryan, few people, other than Newt himself, see Gingrich as a potential savior. Paul Ryan was in many ways the GOP’s last best hope. However, Ryan doesn’t seem interested in putting his political career on the line, and setting himself up for failure, by taking on the job. The Republicans will have to go back to square one, which isn’t easy to do when you are a party that is running out of options because your members don’t play well with others.

31 Replies to “Paul Ryan Crushes GOP Hopes By Saying “No” To The Speaker Job That Nobody Wants”

  1. The issue with him is not that he’s insane, it’s that he’s a lying sociopathic piece of sh1t.

  2. He should be jumping at the chance, after all the extremists are his kind, Ayn Rand and all that jazz. He must be afraid he can’t handle them.

    He is one who wants to gut the government, but he lives off it..go figure??

  3. Newt Gingrich, seriously? And Ryan’s running away from
    the gavel faster than Ayn Rand galloped to her mailbox on social security check days. Tune in tomorrow for another episode of As the House Burns brought to you
    by the good people at Koch Industries. Selassie I…

  4. It’s fun to mock the repulican idiots but it’s very sad because NOTHING is getting done in congress. This is a complete waste of taxpayer time and $$$$ watching these idiots flop around like fish out of water.


    Either they get their act together or all need to resign and let the democratic party take over congress.

    I’m tired of our DEMOCRATIC-SOCIALISM tax $$$$ getting wasted like this.

  5. Nobody wants to be the leader of the GOP? Hmmmmm, wonder why! I can think of a few people who could lead the Party of “No,” who are now being told “no:” Darth Vader, Voldermort, Lucifer, Count Dracula….
    Where are the Tudors when you need ’em? If anybody could get the extremist wbipped into shape it would be Henry VIII, Mary I, and Elizabeth I.
    They knew how to deal with treasonist, heretic, good for nothins!

  6. What they are missing is the idea that the GOP still exists. It doesn’t. It is nothing more than a loose collection of individuals, each with their own twisted ideology, playing to an ever shrinking base. Party unity? The only common goal is defeating democrats. That’s all they have. There is no other unified vision and NOTHING to offer the American people.

  7. Maybe a RINGMASTER from Barnum and Bailey circus would help with their whips.

    I’m so sick of these children, wish they would graduate kindergarden soon.

  8. For years, Republicans were trying to set President Obama up for failure. Since 2010, the Tea party has been trying to set the status-quo conservative base up for failure. And now it’s a free-for-all, with each GOP caucus setting the others up for failure.

    Someone should launch a new television series, “Conservatives Eat their Own,” where they all beat each other up in their race to the bottom. I wonder how the ratings would compare to the show “House of Cards.”

  9. The Tea Party was created for the Millionaires to funnel money to the GOP. Citizens United allowed for unlimited money to their preferred Leadership.

    Look at this San Francisco Tea Party Photo:
    This ain’t Grass Roots Organization.

    Check-out the accouterments for this Special Party…
    All paid for by Big-Big Money!
    And all to influence voters and fill them with hatred toward our Sitting President and Liberals.

  10. Andy wrote:

    Send this to your Newspaper ‘Letter to the Editors’. They like this type of concise Statement!

  11. Ryan will take the job so that he looks like the savior. After all the crap goes down and the country hasn’t landed in a sh*t pot, he can claim it was his leadership. Right now he is basking in all the accolades rolling his way, biding his time until the moment he will acquiesce to save the Republican Party. It’s not impossible for a speaker to be elected President, although I admit normally a tough one, but in this Republican caucus, it might not be that difficult. In the immortal words of Bill Murray, “who ya gonna call?” Now the downside for him is the crazies in his party who haven’t exactly warmed to him, so we will see how his leadership skills work out.

  12. If the Democrats were the majority party, and Nancy Pelosi stepped down, how many Democratic Representatives do you think would be able and willing to fill her shoes? 5? 10? More?

    Other than Boehner, there are 246 Republican members of the House of Representatives. What does it say about the GOP that there isn’t a single one of them that is willing and/or able to step up and take the lead?

  13. No one can lead these nitwits. Employment of the Hastert rule virtually negates any meaningful governance yet the next speaker will likely invoke the same failed stance. Stupid party indeed.

  14. …nihilists who wanna send this country to Hell should be sent there themselves…before this country goes over the cliff…

  15. Don’t count out the liar. He’ll probably take the job and do as much damage as possible to our social safety nets such as Medicare and Social Security and waste more taxpayer money trying to abolish the ACA.

  16. Suga, They wouldn’t publish it in my Florida county’s newspaper…they are too right wing and they wouldn’t want to insult any of the mouth breathing Republicans here.

  17. Maybe there is/was an affair, but they’d better hurry up covering up the proof. They are already strongly denying it. Furthermore, aside from the affair(maybe), he is totally unfit to be Speaker anyway.

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