November 5, 2014

Clue that Paul Ryan will not seek the GOP presidential nomination.

"After winning re-election last night, Ryan said he would seek the chairmanship of the the House Ways and Means Committee. That post would make it exceedingly difficult for him to seek the presidency next year."

ADDED: Ryan might be thinking: 2016 is a good year for a Wisconsinite, but a bad year for a member of Congress to win the presidency. We need a governor....

24 comments:

Original Mike said...

Damn.

Nonapod said...

Fair enough. I personal like the guy but wonks don't generally make good presidential candidates, especially in the GOP.

Anonymous said...

He is smart to get out of the way. Everyone has seen what Scott Walker is willing and able to do to those who stand in his way, and Scooter has his laser-like focus on winning the White House for himself.

traditionalguy said...

Ryan is smart to try new career roles. Playing the genuinely serious boy idealist has a sell by date.

Meade said...

I meant it in 2008 and I meant it in 2012. I still mean it:

Mitt Romney.

Popville said...

I'm with Meade. We need business experience in DC. Plus, aren't we done with youngsters without enough real-world experience under their belts?

MadisonMan said...

Wonky.

Archie Waugh said...

Romney was doing a lot of smiling last night. I liked that.

Amichel said...

I dunno Meade, can you imagine the campaign between Mitt Romney and Hillary Clinton? *shudder*

Anonymous said...

Also preventing him running for president next year, the fact that the election is two years out.

I know the campaign begins today (Heck, my own guy, Gary Johnson, declared he's running for the 2016 Libertarian nomination just this week).

But still...

tim maguire said...

I haven't thought much of Paul Ryan since roughly one day after Mitt Romney picked him as VP. He somehow disappeared into a lackluster campaign apparatus.

No to Mitt Romney. He blew a winnable race and subjected America to "4 MORE YEARS!" Not only did he fail, but he failed in the area that was supposed to be his strength--management. There's no reason to give him another chance.

John Lynch said...

President Walker, with Ryan at Ways and Means?

Wow. That would an amazing reform team.

rehajm said...

I meant it in 2008 and I meant it in 2012. I still mean it:

Mitt Romney.


Me, too!

Brando said...

It's a shame, he would have made a good candidate. Maybe he was turned off by the last campaign.

I can't remember the last time the GOP had such an open (no "front runner") contest. Polar opposite from the Democrats who are set for a coronation.

clint said...

Good. The budget has always been Ryan's strong suit. He'll be fantastic in that role.

Drago said...

madisonfella: "Everyone has seen what Scott Walker is willing and able to do to those who stand in his way...."

LOL

Yeah, like noticing (along with the rest of us) that Mary Burkes own family fired her from the family business.

It's that kind of political "viciousness" and "eliminationist" politics that is simply out of bounds.

Hilarious.

Do go on regale us with what "Scott Walker is willing and able to do to those who stand in his way".

It will be good therapy on this post-election morning.

Drago said...

tim maguire: "I haven't thought much of Paul Ryan since roughly one day after Mitt Romney picked him as VP. He somehow disappeared into a lackluster campaign apparatus."

He's better toughen up significantly regardless of whether he runs or not.s

Any VP candidate who sits there and listens to Joe Biden accuse republicans of "betting against America all the time" without engaging with both barrels has no place on any ticket.

mccullough said...

Obama won Wisconsin, Ryan's home state, in 2012. There is no recovering from that.

Revenant said...

I don't get the impression that Ryan is all that interested in being President. He seems like more of a policy wonk.

JPS said...

Good.

Paul Ryan would have been my pick for presidential nominee last time around. I was excited when he became the VP candidate - just as I was excited when Ryan's first political mentor joined Bob Dole on the ticket in 1996. Ryan's boost to the ticket, it seems to me, turned out about the same.

While I'm at it: I still can't believe the exchange in the VP debate when Ryan warned of Iran progressing toward nukes, and Biden effortlessly fended him off: Even if they get the material, they don't have a bomb to put it in!

I don't expect a domestic policy wonk to be a nuclear SME, but if you're going to talk about a country going nuclear, it's worth being aware that getting the fissile material in hand seems to have been the crux of every nuclear program so far. No nation that I know of has ever had >critical mass of fissile material, then stalled out for lack of a workable bomb design.

So Biden made an absurd point that sounded convincing, and Ryan, who raised the issue, couldn't point out the catch. And the casual independent concludes that the Obama administration is wisely not getting spun up, and threatening military action, when they don't have to.

Michael Fitzgerald said...

I meant it in 1952 and I meant it in 1956, and in 1960 I still meant it: Adlai Stevenson.

Meade said...

"I meant it in 1952 and I meant it in 1956, and in 1960 I still meant it: Adlai Stevenson."

Hahaha!

Anonymous said...

Do go on regale us with what "Scott Walker is willing and able to do to those who stand in his way"

Ask Mike Ellis. He'll tell you how ruthless Walker is when somebody on his very own team won't play along.

Boss Walker has complete control of this state and even people in his own party are afraid to cross him.

James Towe said...

I continue to believe Romney is the man but he would have to do better courting religious conservatives. A couple of million stayed home in 2012 resulting in the mess we have now. Go figure.