Tag Archives: Rep. Paul Ryan


What to Make of Ryan?

“And what to make of Ryan (R-WI)? I have been a consistent defender of his good intentions. But after the 17th time saying “He knows better,” it dawns that he may not. By his recent actions, the speaker has provided political cover for a weakening of the constitutional order. He has been used as a tool while loudly insisting he is not a tool. The way Ryan is headed, history offers two possible verdicts: Either he enabled an autocrat, or he was intimidated by a fool.”

Michael Gerson


Ryan’s Faustian Bargain

“I have long admired Paul Ryan and thought of him as the future of the Republican Party. But he’s made a Faustian bargain. I keep thinking about that scene from A Man for All Seasons, where Thomas More says, ‘What profit a man to gain the whole world if he loses his soul, but for Wales?’ And I keep thinking, But for tax cuts, Paul?”

Charlie Sykes

News & Comment

Poll: No Consequences for Those Who Vote to Repeal Obamacare

The redistribution of wealth is the most stunning aspect of the Republican plan.

A new poll shows Americans oppose repealing Obamacare by only three to one. This should come as welcome news to Republicans poised to back the Trumpcare bill. The vote, at press time, was set for just before the north and south poles flip and our robot overlords take power, according to the official Congressional schedule.

Unfortunately, there actually is welcome news for Republicans in the survey, which was conducted by Quinnipiac University. About half of those responding essentially said a yes vote would have no political impact for elected officials, since it either makes those polled more likely to support that person for re-election (19 percent) or would have no effect on their vote (29 percent).

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Ryan Doesn’t Want to Spend His Adult Life in Congress

No. God, no. I’ve already been there 16 years. I don’t want to be a career guy. Even though I’ve been there a long time, where you could already say that… It’s just, I don’t want to spend my adult life in Congress.

— Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), quoted by National Journal, on being in Congress another ten years.


Ryan Won’t Run If Romney Does

I wouldn’t if he were. I would support Mitt. If he were to run, I would not.

— Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), telling HuffPost Live he definitely won’t mount a presidential campaign if his former running mate Mitt Romney decides to give it another try.


Paul Ryan Can’t Differentiate Fact from Fiction

I watched the first couple of episodes until he cheated on his wife with that reporter. It turned my stomach so much that I just couldn’t watch it anymore. His behavior was so reprehensible, and it hit too close to home because he was a House member, that it just bothered me too much. And what I thought is, it makes us all look like we’re like that.

— Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), to Parade, on why he doesn’t watch “House of Cards” anymore.


Ryan Calls Impeachment a ‘Ridiculous Gambit’ by Obama

I see this as sort of a ridiculous gambit by the President and his political team to try and change the narrative, raise money and turn out their base and raise money for an election that isn’t going to go their way. And I will just leave it at that.

— Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), in an interview with CNN, on the possibility of Republicans trying to impeach President Obama.


Ryan: Warren to Left of Left

Elizabeth Warren is to the left of the left of the Democratic party.

— Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), quoted by WCHS, while campaigning in West Virginia.


Weiner Insulted By Ryan’s Being Mistaken for Him

How much more can I bear?

— Former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY), who left office in scandal, tells Business Insider that having people mix him up with Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) is “the final insult.”


Ryan Gets Mistaken for Weiner

I’ve been confused for Anthony Weiner twice now. I don’t know how this keeps happening.

— Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), on how he gets mistaken for other politicians including former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY), the Saginaw News reports.