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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.

Ted Cruz: Repealing Obamacare Isn't Complicated

Ted Cruz is right, and he has proven once again that he is the one guy on Capitol Hill conservatives can trust to always keep his word. Passing a full repeal of Obamacare and sending the bill to the President’s desk as Republicans promised during the 2014 midterm election isn’t complicated. All it takes is a credible argument and a spine, both of which are in short supply in the establishment Republican "leadership."

Paul Ryan will run for Speaker--If conservative colleagues stop being a 'problem'

Charlie Spiering, Breitbart

Ryan urged his House colleagues to stop blaming the other party, the president, and the media for blocking their agenda. “People don’t care about blame, people don’t care about effort, people care about results,” he said, calling for Republicans to embrace “results-driven, common-sense conservatism.”

Paul Ryan and his 'conditions' should go back to Wisconsin

Ed Straker, American Thinker

Ryan, by demanding strict obedience to his rule, would be as awful a speaker as John Boehner, repressive to conservative interests while continuing to collaborate with Obama. His constant claims that he doesn't want the job unless coronated, and his supposed desire spend time with his young children, are disingenuous for an important position such as this.

Tea Party Caucus chair: Ryan's conditions 'entirely unreasonable'

Susan Ferrechio, Washington Examiner

Rep. Tim Huelskamp said Ryan appears to be seeking even further consolidation, which won't win conservative support and is a sign the Wisconsin Republican may not be serious about his desire to seek the gavel. "I just don't think he really wants the job," Huelskamp said.

Ryan could spark Speakership scramble

Scott Wong, The Hill

If Paul Ryan fails in his bid to take over the House, more than a dozen Republicans could join Daniel Webster as candidates for the job.

Paul Ryan Arrogantly Demands An End To Constitutional Government

What Paul Ryan announced to the House Republican Conference last night was a set of conditions under which he would accept the Speaker’s gavel that amount to discarding any pretense that the House of Representatives is “the Peoples’ House,” as in We the People, and to make it simply “Paul’s House.” Democracy and representative government are by their nature messy – and when politicians, like Paul Ryan, demand order and an end to dissention what they are really demanding is an end to democratic government.

Nancy Pelosi seeks bipartisan election for House Speaker

Alex Swoyer, Breitbart

Pelosi didn’t identify the House Speaker she wants, even though her wish-list is a good match for Paul Ryan, who favors an unlimited inflow of foreign workers, and is backing a huge reduction in jail sentences.

Florida Rep. Ted Yoho backs Daniel Webster for Speaker

Alex Leary, Tampa Bay Times

"The members who have stood up to replace Speaker Boehner are the ones willing to speak truth to power.  If we don’t continue and follow through with a new style of leadership, the kind Dan Webster offers, then the status quo will continue; and the America people will continue to pay the price.”

Steve King threatens battle over Paul Ryan Speakership

Julia Hahn, Breitbart

If the roles were reversed, and an anti-amnesty Democrat was working with Steve King to stop immigration, there is no chance anyone in the media, the Democrat establishment, or the punditry would tell progressive activists to embrace an anti-amnesty Democrat Speaker.

Conservative: Ryan would have to make ‘hard sell’ to win

Bradford Richardson, The Hill

South Carolina Rep. Mick Mulvaney is a founding member of the 40-to-50-member House Freedom Caucus, which plans to vote in the Speaker election as a bloc. He said Ryan would have to restore “regular order” to the legislative process if he wants to convince the group to vote for him.

Romney wants Paul Ryan for Speaker – and President

Curt Mills, Washington Examiner

Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan have been speaking in recent days, and appearing on CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday, Romney confirmed to host Jake Tapper that he would love to clone Paul Ryan, and that he would be a great speaker or "potential president."

Steve King wants Daniel Webster as Speaker

Seung Min Kim, Politico

In a letter to House Republicans Thursday, Iowa Rep. Steve King implored fellow GOP lawmakers to back long-shot candidate Rep. Daniel Webster, a former Florida House speaker who’s earned the support of some of the House’s most conservative members.

What’s driving conservative opposition to Paul Ryan

Elaina Plott, National Review

The forceful pushback against Ryan makes clear that the strong sentiments stirred up during the immigration fights of the past decade have staying power, and should Ryan run, he’ll have to reckon with them.

Conservatives organize to ‘Fire Paul Ryan’

Kelly Cohen, Washington Examiner

"We forced Boehner to step down. Cantor was defeated. McCarthy withdrew ... and yet the establishment keeps pushing RINO after RINO after RINO. If Ryan is chosen, we'll see that he's fired. Add your name to the list of Americans who Demand a Conservative Speaker," said the coalition's website FirePaulRyan.com.

Conservative media stars bail on Ryan

T. Becket Adams, Washington Examiner

For right-wing media stars, including radio hosts Laura Ingraham and Mark Levin and Fox News' Sean Hannity, Ryan would be a disastrous choice for speaker. To them, the chair of the House Ways and Means Committee would likely do nothing to oppose the Democratic Party's agenda on immigration and free trade.

Immigration the stumbling block for Ryan

Erin Kelly, USA Today

Conservative websites such as Breitbart News and anti-immigration groups are especially critical of Ryan's decision to appear with Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., at the City Club of Chicago in late 2013 to call for comprehensive immigration reform.

Ultra-liberal Sen. Patty Murray is a fan of Paul Ryan

Jerry Cornfield, Seattle Weekly

Washington’s liberal senator and Ryan are texting buddies and have been since constructing their “compromise” budget agreement after the 2013 government shutdown. Murray won’t say whether she’s actively supporting Ryan for Speaker, thinking it might be harmful to him.