Paul Ryan As Speaker Of The House: Will It Benefit His Party And The Nation?

So John Boehner is now retired as Speaker of the House of Representatives, and Congressman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, head of the House Ways and Means Committee, and 2012 Vice Presidential nominee for Mitt Romney, is the new Speaker. So instead of being one heartbeat away from the Presidency as Vice President, Ryan is now two heartbeats away from the Presidency as Speaker of the House, and requires Secret Service protection, which will change his and his family’s lives dramatically!

Anyone who has read my blog regularly knows that I have not been a fan of Ryan, and in fact, was attacked by right wing websites for my strong opposition to Ryan.

However, this is a fresh start in the House of Representatives, and we should all wish Ryan good luck, as he tries to organize the Republican Party: deal with the Tea Party Freedom Caucus members (eleven of them not voting for him as Speaker); and learn to “cross the aisle” more and work with the Democratic minority.

Ryan has potential to be a great Speaker, but it all depends on how he deals with intransigent members.

Certainly, the nation needs a stable and competent House to do “the business of the people.”

20 comments on “Paul Ryan As Speaker Of The House: Will It Benefit His Party And The Nation?

  1. Pragmatic Progressive October 30, 2015 11:00 am

    The establishment and the outsiders are a bunch of whiners.

    As the article says, it’s not limited to the presidential candidates. Paul Ryan has whined about wanting family leave yet has not been quite so generous in granting family leave to those less fortunate than him.

  2. Former Republican October 30, 2015 1:31 pm

    I actually like the pre-debate better. They are more civil and because there are fewer people involved you get better policy answers.

  3. Rational Lefty October 30, 2015 1:43 pm

    I agree. The presence of so many non-serious candidates definitely tarnishes those who are serious.

  4. Pragmatic Progressive October 30, 2015 1:58 pm

    Precisely. The Teapublicans have created their own circus by allowing people who do not even belong there – like Trump, who does nothing but name calling and has no idea of any important issues going on.

  5. Rational Lefty October 30, 2015 7:46 pm

    I hear Obama’s getting attacked from the left and right over it. The left doesn’t like that this is mission creep. The hawks on the right want an all out war.

  6. D October 31, 2015 5:15 pm

    I’ll have to find out the average number of years House speakers have tended to last. (It has to be less than ten. And a Republican pickup of the presidency, when it next happens, will be a help given the typically historical results of midterm elections.)

  7. Ronald October 31, 2015 5:20 pm

    D, House Speakers last vary short times, average about 2-4 years, with only 23 of 53 lasting close to four years or more. So there is your answer! And 22 of 53 lasted less than two years! And only 8 six years or more!

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