Young Gun Shot Down As Conservatives Reject Paul Ryan For Speaker Of The House

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Republicans have a real problem. They can’t find anyone for the job of Speaker. The base hates anyone with any pragmatism, no matter how nuts they seem to the rest of the country. Even their budget king, Paul Ryan, is facing steep criticism as a possible speaker, and he doesn’t even seem to want the job.

Elaina Plott writing at the National Review took on the conservative opposition to Paul Ryan as Speaker today, in an article entitled “What’s Driving Conservative Opposition to Paul Ryan”.

Saying Representative Ryan finds himself “the latest target of some of conservative media’s biggest stars”, including radio hosts Mark Levin, Laura Ingraham and Fox News’ Sean Hannity. Plott reports Ingraham tweeting, “They tried Eric Cantor. They tried McCarthy. The only ‘Young Gun’ left is Ryan.”

Conservatives are rejecting the last of the standing “Young Gun Republicans”.

You remember the Young Guns — they were going to take over the Republican Party. The youth. The energy. The cool. The stars of the Young Guns were now rejected and replaced Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA), Rep. and former VP candidate Paul Ryan (R-WI) and now Majority Whip and just-resigned Speaker’s gavel seeker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA).

In 2010, Politico reported Speaker Boehner eyeing the Young Guns warily, “even joked about his youthful lieutenants aiming for his job as the top House Republican. Or, maybe he wasn’t joking.”

“The three of them know that my job is to make sure that they’re well-qualified and ready to take my place,” Boehner said, taking a slight pause before cracking, “at the appropriate moment.”

Plott says the conservative rejection of Ryan is “mostly a result of Ryan’s support for comprehensive immigration reform, perhaps the one position most guaranteed to breed distrust and ill will among much of today’s conservative base. With such animosity suddenly bubbling to the surface, some of the same people who rallied around Ryan during the 2012 presidential race are now working to thwart his bid for House speaker before it’s even begun. It’s a testament both to the outsize role the issue of immigration has taken on within the Republican party and to the ever-widening chasm between the grassroots and establishment.”

Oops. Cantor has been Tea Partied out, McCarthy dropped his bid for the Speaker after making a fool of himself by outing Republican secrets about their endless Benghazi probes, and Paul Ryan is now not good enough for conservatives. Ryan as committed the sin of “amnesty” — that is, being rational enough to know we must address our undocumented worker situation.

Republicans can’t really be surprised that the base believes them when they make undocumented workers out to be the Evil that must be fought. The things Republicans have to tell their base to get out the vote keep coming back to bite them once reality hits– or they need to get something real done.

If Ryan were elected Speaker, he would face the issues and problems that chased John Boehner out of office.

This is the inevitable result of their long implemented Southern Strategy, which they just keep expanding to create new boogeymen. Then they don’t seem to understand when the base believes the fear Republicans sold them.

Young Guns down. Young Guns down.

23 Replies to “Young Gun Shot Down As Conservatives Reject Paul Ryan For Speaker Of The House”

  1. The gopers want to “drown government in a bathtub”. They fail to realize that they too, are IN the tub with the rest of us. They hate everyone including themselves. They are incapable of electing a speaker because destroying government includes destroying their own house. Their alternate reality bubble is insanity defined…

  2. Its time to stop being friends with the so called moderates of the republican party. If they cannot stand up to these arsonist why are we enabling them by not challenging their seats?

  3. Thank you Sarah Jones!

    Must Read:
    (Republicans MUST be seeing this piece)

    “The Republicans’ Incompetence Caucus”
    by David Brooks

    “The House Republican caucus is close to ungovernable these days. How did this situation come about?”

  4. No fan of Lyin’ Ryan, but this whole replacing Boehner circus would be funny if it wasn’t so utterly disgusting. These modern day Know Nothings haven’t a clue about much except for their own fears, of which they are in complete denial.

  5. A very good point… usual!

    I keep having this dream at night, of Nancy Pelosi taking her giant gavel back from Boehner and drop kicking him out of the House Chamber. Probably ain’t gonna happen, but a gal can dream!

  6. “Economist Bruce Bartlett, a former adviser to both Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, warned over the weekend that Fox News had Damaged the Republican Party by creating a bubble for conservatives to brainwash themselves.

    In his paper “How Fox News Changed American Media and Political Dynamics” published earlier this month, Bartlett theorized that watching the network was essentially “self-brainwashing” for viewers, making them believe that the United States was a more conservative nation than it actually was. And so the Republican Party had responded by running radical conservatives that representative Fox News viewers, but not the true state of the electorate”.


  7. Elections are won in the middle. There are still too many voters who are not yet comfortable with Bernie. To them, he is too far left. We are moving towards a progressive wave. It’s been a long time coming. Bernie’s ideas are getting out and that’s the best thing about his campaign. The country still has to be brought along.

  8. And, some serious changes need to occur in the House and in the Senate (quite a few members need to be fired).

  9. What people are missing here is the core goal of getting Teapublicans into the U.S. House. These know-nothings aren’t there to govern. They’re there to destroy “Big Gubmint” in order to revert power back to the States so they can get their Jim-Crow on. It’s also cheaper to own the United States via States rather than via the Federal Gov’t.

    DO NOT BE FOOLED. This has been the plan all along. It’s why Republicans didn’t care if they shut down the Federal Gov’t – and why they didn’t suffer any negative effects from doing so. Just thirty or so years ago, this would have been a career-killer. Today, helping to shut down the government will get a Teapublican promoted.

    Destroying the Federal Gov’t is what they want – while getting handsomely paid for their treasonous deed in the process. So they have zero intention to find a new Speaker. Zero.

  10. You’d think with how incapable the GOP is of doing anything, much less demonstrating leadership, they’d trail in the National polls for Pres but Ben Carson the Crazy DR and Trump both lead many of the polls. I find it hard to believe that even a brain dead DEM couldn’t beat anyone in the GOP. One has to seriously question, is the GOP out of touch or are Americans. Anyone who thinks the GOP will lead this Country when they can’t lead themselves, is delusional.

  11. The guy is an evil, pompous, lying pile of dung. Besides that, he just creeps me out with that Eddie Munster thing he has going on.

  12. The one no way voter, had better start to read and learn what the goal of these teabaggers really is. Start by finding out just what the Domioninst’s plan is… It’s out there. study it!!

  13. Don’t agree so much that they can’t govern, as it is the plan (NOT) to govern. The plan is to destroy!! then quietly change and take over..

  14. Oh Johnnie.. Make it a free for all and hold a house wide vote and let
    whom ever ..
    from what ever party
    take the gavel

  15. You can BET that IF this chaotic dysfunction was happening on the Democrat’s side—Republicans would be gloating, jumping for joy, and seizing the moment to tear the Democratic governing body DOWN with their usual nasty PR juggernaut. FOX’s usual attack dogs would be on air 24/7 pointing out every conceivable way that the Democrats were inept at everything, therefore the country needs a Republican President….blah, blah, blah. WHY isn’t our high profile Democrats going on the airwaves and writing on Social Media, etc. about the MESS occurring in the Republican’s dysfunctional House (or house in general)? Also, I believe that they should be the butt of JOKES and derision. Create a Wall of Shame depicting ALL of their Bat-Shit Crazy, maniacs who are soiling the image of the “Republican Party”. Especially the T-Party termites who are definately tearing them apart from within. They see that, but are helpless against the little bullies. Frozen in Place. That’s why Obama and h…

  16. These aren’t true Tea party members, they ar the religious right wing nuts who have taken over, and they will not be happy until we are another IRAN….. They have no love for the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, in fact they DESPISE this country, they are readying themselves for the Rapture, and end of days. Be afraid, be VERY VERY AFRAID… And we do need to stock up on guns and ammunition, because THEY already have, and they will definitely use it, their police forces have already started..

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