Speaker

Poll: Nearly half of GOP voters disapprove of Ryan

Harper Neidig, The Hill

Only 40 percent of GOP voters are happy with Ryan’s stint as speaker so far, while 44 percent disapprove. Those numbers worsen among all voters, with just 30 percent approval and 48 percent disapproval.

Wisconsin’s Most Important Election Wasn’t Yesterday’s Presidential Primary

The most important vote for Wisconsin conservatives and populists was not counted last night. It is the coming August 9 Republican congressional primary. Until Paul Ryan is defeated, and Paul Nehlen nominated and elected, the Washington Cartel will remain firmly in control of the US House of Representatives. #NeverRyan

Can Paul Ryan tame the reckless establishment?

Timothy P. Carney, Washington Examiner

House Speaker Paul Ryan has a harder job than many of his predecessors. Rarely has the speaker had to deal with such an irresponsible and unserious group of politicians so uninterested in good governance. This dangerous group goes by many names including: "the Establishment," the "centrists," and the "bipartisan consensus."

The Republicans who didn’t vote for Ryan

Christina Marcos, The Hill

The nine Daniel Webster supporters were Reps. Dave Brat (Va.), Curt Clawson (Fla.), Louie Gohmert (Texas), Paul Gosar (Ariz.), Walter Jones (N.C.), Thomas Massie (Ky.), Bill Posey (Fla.), Randy Weber (Texas) and Ted Yoho (Fla.).

Democrats like what they hear from Ryan

Mike Lillis, The Hill

After Paul Ryan’s speech, Rep. Joseph Crowley, vice chairman of the Democratic Caucus said, "It sounded an awful lot like a Democrat speaking. I think he's a good person and a decent guy. That came through, I think, today."

Paul Ryan embraces Failure Theater on the budget deal

streiff, RedState

This budget “deal” represents nothing more than making a deal for the sake of making a deal. It is the triumph of process over outcome. We negotiated with ourselves. We gave Obama what he wanted and needed and we got a “deal.” This is a very inauspicious beginning for Paul Ryan and the House Freedom Caucus would be completely justified in telling him that he has violated any trust that existed beforehand and from this point on he is on his own.

Will Ryan sellout to K Street?

Timothy Carney, Washington Examiner

As House speaker, he will undergo immense pressure from the business lobby to play ball. Past speakers went along with such pressure, in part because it never occurred to them to resist — it was assumed business was always an ally.

Cruz: Obama – Boehner Budget Deal Ridiculous, Deceitful, and a Disgrace

Senator Ted Cruz perfectly articulated our view of the Ryan -- Obama -- Boehner budget deal, “For anyone wondering about the source of the American people’s volcanic frustration with Washington, one need look no further than so-called ‘Republican’ majorities in both houses of Congress increasing the budget and our debt by more than $400 billion. It’s ridiculous, deceitful, and a disgrace.” We urge you to call your Representative, the House switchboard is 1-866-220-0044, tell him or her you demand a NO vote on the rule to bring the #ZombieBudget to the House floor.

Daniel Webster still running against Paul Ryan for Speaker

Matthew Boyle, Breitbart

Unlike Ryan, Webster has very publicly articulated reforms he would make to the House GOP conference structure. Specifically, he told Breitbart News in a recent exclusive interview, he wants to spread power away from the Speaker’s office toward the membership of the House.

Ryan schedules Victory Party for Thursday’s Speakership vote

Neil Munro, Breitbart

“Just what we need, another arrogant politician in charge,” a senior House GOP aide told Breitbart News. There is still an off-chance that Ryan could be defeated on the floor, or forced to win a second ballot.

Speaker’s Race Still Wide Open – Just Say NO To Paul Ryan

Back in January, 25 Republicans voted against John Boehner and the number of those dissatisfied with the establishment Republican “leadership” of the House has only grown since then. For conservatives to win this fight your Representative needs to hear from you NOW on the phone and through social media and email. Here's how to contact your Representative to demand they vote for a principled limited government constitutional conservative, like Daniel Webster of Florida, for Speaker.

Ryan represents all that’s wrong with GOP

Mark Krikorian, National Review

Elevating Paul Ryan to the House speakership, where he will be one of the main public faces of the Republican party, suggests that the party’s poobahs and panjandrums still haven’t learned their lesson. Ryan as chairman of Ways and Means worked. Ryan as the de facto leader of the GOP does not.

Business as usual: Ryan taps lobbyist for COS

Matthew Boyle, Breitbart

Ryan’s decision to surround himself with lobbyists—hiring one as his chief of staff—could be a troubling signal that he’s going to operate just like Boehner did. Boehner’s affinity for lobbyists—something Ryan seems to be following—is something that earned him a reputation unlike any other Speaker in U.S. history.

“Speaker” Paul Ryan Waiting For “President” Clinton, Bush Or Rubio To Pass Amnesty

Jim Jordan may think that Paul Ryan “has the kind of vision and is the kind of messenger our party needs,” but as long as Ryan has the same vision as Hillary Clinton does on amnesty for illegal aliens, massive increases in H1B visas, breaking the spending caps and funding Planned Parenthood, executive amnesty and Obamacare the grassroots demand for change in the Republican “leadership” on Capitol Hill is only going to get stronger and the fissure in the GOP is only going to get deeper.

Here’s How The Election For Speaker Of The House Is Going To Play Out

Members of the Freedom Caucus, the House Liberty Caucus, the Tea Party Caucus, the Conservative Opportunity Society and other conservatives still have the votes to stop Paul Ryan and his plan to eliminate the last vestiges of democracy in the House of Representatives. If the remaining patriots in their ranks will stand fast we can still win this fight. Here's how to contact them to demand they oppose Paul Ryan's power grab and vote for a limited government constitutional conservative for Speaker.

Paul Ryan sold Freedom Caucus a Bill of Goods in private meeting

Matthew Boyle, Breitbart

If he moves forward with a bid for the House Speakership after failing to receive the endorsement of the House Freedom Caucus–something he and his office said they would not do–even members in the Freedom Caucus who would have supported him will have reason to believe that Ryan is entirely untrustworthy and dishonest and withdraw their previous support for him.

Paul Ryan and the suicide of the GOP establishment

Jeffrey Lord, American Spectator

Is Paul Ryan part of the answer to the GOP Establishment’s suicidal impulse here? Does he even realize that after all this time in Congress he is now seen by some, in the words of that old saying, as “part of the problem and not part of the solution”?

Glenn Beck Unloads on Freedom Caucus Over Support of Paul Ryan

Oliver Darcy, The Blaze

Glenn Beck turned to his Facebook page late Wednesday night to blast the House Freedom Caucus over its support of Paul Ryan for House speaker. Calling Ryan a “man who asked to be made king,” the conservative radio personality said he felt betrayed by the hardline conservative group and accused it of selling out.

The House needs a Speaker, but not an Emperor

Jazz Shaw, Hot Air

The position of Speaker is a critical one and it was designed to be determined by a (hopefully broad) consensus of the members, or at least the members of the majority. What Paul Ryan is asking in exchange for rescuing the party from itself is essentially the cancellation of any sort of competitive election or airing of competing ideas.

Why do children decide who runs for president or speaker of the House?

Ed Straker, American Thinker

These apparent family motivations, which are reported uncritically by the press, are really so disingenuous.  Biden didn't run because he saw he was behind in the polls.  Paul Ryan is lazy and didn't want to have to campaign for the speakership; he just wants to be crowned.  But they both framed it as about their children.