In January 2011, we at TWS had the notion that it would be good to defeat President Obama in 2012. And so in a blog post we asked the sensible question: " Wouldn't it be easier just to agree now on a Ryan-Rubio ticket, and save everyone an awful lot of time, effort, and money over the next year and a half?" We reiterated that thought in the spring and summer.
Ryan-Rubio 2012 was not to be. And so an awful lot of time, effort and money was expended, and the presidency was lost for four more years. It's true that Paul Ryan ended up as Mitt Romney's running mate, but the vice presidential candidate can't shape the message or define the ticket. It was Mitt Romney's election to win or lose. He--and we--lost.
But life is a long and winding road, as they say. That road led last week to Paul Ryan being installed as Speaker of the House of Representatives the day after Marco Rubio established himself in the presidential debate as a likely finalist for the GOP nomination. Rubio established himself at the expense of Jeb Bush. Ryan replaced John Boehner. And so the generational transition in the Republican Party is in full swing.
We won't have a Ryan-Rubio ticket in 2016. But we will have a Republican Party headed by Ryan in Washington, and quite possibly with Rubio or Ted Cruz as the nominee. And is it too much to ask Mitch McConnell to agree to step back as the face of the GOP Senate, and allow articulate freshmen in their thirties and forties like Tom Cotton and Cory Gardner and Ben Sasse and Joni Ernst and James Lankford and Dan Sullivan sometimes to become the public faces of the Senate majority? Then the torch will truly have been passed to a new Republican generation--and an attractive and competent one to boot.
Meanwhile, the Democrats look very likely to nominate their oldest presidential nominee ever, who will fit in with their all-Social-Security leadership team in Congress of Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer in the House and Harry Reid and Chuck Schumer in the Senate.
There's of course no guarantee that the younger party will have the fresher ideas or the more daring spirit. But it's a start.
Overcoming deep personal ambivalence and a battery of attacks from conservative complainers outside Congress, Paul Ryan became the 54th speaker of the House on October 29, 2015. To call this improbable understates the case. Not primarily because Ryan is young (he’s 45) or because Ryan is first a policy maven (his colleagues used to worry that he was too wonky to be an effective communicator) or because Ryan is an inveterate optimist in an age of pessimism (though his sanguinity is irrepressible).
Paul Ryan was a waiter at Tortilla Coast, a Capitol Hill restaurant, when he first encountered Jack Kemp. Ryan had worked for Senator Bob Kasten (R-Wis.), who lost his race for reelection in 1992. Ryan was killing time in Washington before going to graduate school in economics.
Opportunity Lives has posted a video of Speaker of the House Paul Ryan titled, "Speaker Ryan: A Personal Journey."
In the video, Jubal Garcia, says, "Paul was just genuine, man. You can feel his compassion for people." "It's not just a job for him—it's a pssion for him." Garcia then explained his interactions with Heroin addicts.
Today, in his remarks to the House of Representatives following his election as speaker, Paul Ryan reiterated his belief that “we can renew the America idea.” This recalls Ryan’s excellent speech on the fateful night of the Obamacare vote, on March 21, 2010, when he proclaimed,
Republicans are in trouble. A significant bloc regards their congressional leaders—House speaker John Boehner, Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell, and their underlings—as enemies. A quarter or more of grassroots Republicans think Donald Trump should be president. And to make things worse, Hillary Clinton has a glide path to the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, making her tougher for any Republican to beat.
At first glance, the two make an odd couple: Rep. Paul Ryan, the campaign-polished Wisconsin representative, and Deion Sanders, the two-time Super Bowl champion. But they aren’t here to talk politics. And, despite their very different backgrounds, they share the same goal: finding a more effective way of to fight poverty.
A new law introduced in Congress seeks to prevent foreign diplomats and employees of the United Nations from receiving taxpayer-funded Obamacare subsidies. The bill has been introduced in the House of Representatives by Republicans Ed Royce and Paul Ryan.
It’s still two years before the next president takes the oath of office, but the contest that will determine who raises his right hand that day started in earnest last month for Republicans, with a grassroots gathering in Iowa and a meeting of high-dollar donors in California.