Paul Ryan

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.

Establishment Stalling Speaker Election Until They Are Guaranteed To Win

Stalling the vote to elect a new Speaker is all about those who have been wrecking the country keeping their power in Congress, and thwarting the will of We the People. And of course the establishment media – including what one might call the “conservative establishment” are right there covering for them. We urge you to join our effort to end the stalling and elect a conservative Speaker by signing our open letter to the House Republican Conference through this link. Or you can call your Representative – the House switchboard is 1-866-220-0044 – to tell them you want a conservative Speaker like Daniel Webster, not Boehner-lite, like Rep. Paul Ryan or Kevin McCarthy.

Paul Ryan stars as John Boehner’s weak sister

Erick Erickson, Erickontheradio.com

The hysteria in Washington among elite Republican pundits who long ago decided to put party ahead of principle has hit peak condescension. Paul Ryan apparently cannot get the Speakership in his own right, but must be bullied and begged into taking it while at the same time is so sensitive and weak he might be bullied by some conservative Congressmen.

Confirmed Again: Paul Ryan not running for Speaker

Matthew Boyle, Breitbart

To unite the party behind a consensus candidate who doesn’t divide the GOP conference, it looks like Ryan is going to end up deciding to hold strong against the establishment forces pushing him into a Speakership bid.

Establishment stands by as Conservatives pummel Ryan

Anna Palmer, Politico

No wonder Paul Ryan doesn’t want to run as his establishment pals in Congress stand idly by as he takes a beating from conservatives who rightly so question his ability to lead on the issues most concerning to the conservative base. With friends like that, who needs enemies?

Ryan faces sharp criticism from conservatives

Philip Wegmann, The Daily Signal

Establishment endorsements have fueled conservatives’ fears. Departing Speaker John Boehner and remaining Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy have both reportedly called on Ryan to take the job. Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney and Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus have also reportedly lobbied Ryan to take the position.

Rebellion in the House: It’s about Democracy

Betsy McCaughey, American Spectator

While Washington insiders are bemoaning the disorder in the House, the public should be cheering. Their demands to be heard are getting results, thanks to the brave upstarts in the House. The GOP leadership better pay attention, or disillusioned GOP voters will stay home at the next election.

Schlafly: Kingmakers Forcing Unacceptable Candidate Ryan Into Speakership

Eagle Forum

“This is not about personality, it’s about principle. The grassroots want a Speaker who will lead a coalition government, where their voices are truly represented. Paul Ryan would continue the top-down approach to government and the culture of retribution for dissenting voices. Republicans should find a Speaker who is committed to conservative principles and who will stand up and fight to return power to the people.”

Are You And Your Conservative Friends In The Battle To Elect A Conservative Speaker?

In advance of the election to replace establishment Republican John Boehner as Speaker of the House, 55 conservative leaders from across America signed an open letter to the House Republican Conference. Entitled “Vision For New Conservative Leadership” the letter sets forth the minimum expectations conservatives have of the new post-Boehner House Republican leadership.  You can add your name to the list by signing the open letter to the House Republican Conference through this link. If you are active in a conservative organization that has not joined the battle we urge you to get your organization involved in the fight to elect a conservative Speaker of the House TODAY.

Hannity: Paul Ryan shouldn’t run for Speaker

Eliza Collins, Politico

Hannity told USA Today he was encouraging the House Freedom Caucus — which he credits with changing the Republican Party in a bold way — not to compromise on the speaker vote. Many in the roughly 40-member group of conservatives have said they are supporting Florida Rep. Daniel Webster for the job instead.

White House would like Paul Ryan for Speaker

Charlie Spiering, Breitbart

At least according to Politico’s Mike Allen. “The White House would like that idea,” Allen said during an interview with Laura Ingraham on her radio show today. “Because they would like one more win … what they’ve always told me is that they admire Paul Ryan for being a substantive, smart guy.” Like John Boehner, Ryan’s also willing to cave to Obama, hence the admiration.

Don’t draft anyone for anything

Leon Wolf, RedState

What bothers me most about Ryan is the sense that he is being dragged, kicking and screaming, into the position. I don’t know how much of that is genuine and how much of it is public posturing. If it is the former, then having Ryan in the position would be a disaster, and the people who are begging him to run should bug off.

Don’t take your guns to town, Paul

Pat Buchanan, CNS News

Ryan's popularity and pleasant persona are not going to be able to smooth over divisions in the Republican caucus. For they are about ideology, and about issues such as free trade and amnesty for people here illegally, where Ryan stands squarely with the establishment and against the revolt.

Of Course Paul Ryan Would Push Amnesty Through Congress, But There’s More…

Along with Paul Ryan’s personal qualities and capabilities comes an unfortunate willingness to destroy the quality of life for millions of American families by advancing the unlimited immigration policies advocated by the establishment Republican Party’s corporate paymasters.

Conservatives: Don’t Get Suckered Into Backing A “Compromise” Speaker Who Is Boehner-Lite

We strongly urge conservatives to stand fast behind principled limited government constitutional conservative Daniel Webster of Florida, and not allow themselves to be suckered into backing a “compromise” candidate for Speaker. Conservatives who fold and back a “compromise” Speaker will own the results of that Speaker’s policies. And this is particularly true of Paul Ryan, who is as bad or worse than John Boehner and Kevin McCarthy.

Scott Walker’s Disappointing Weathervane Campaign

By Richard A. Viguerie, CHQ Chairman
More than anything conservatives are looking for principled leadership on the issues. Far from "taking the gloves off," Scott Walker's reluctant attack on the amorphous "they" of the DC Republican establishment shows Gov. Walker to be more like a weathervane following the political winds, than a compass pointing true North on the foundational principles of the conservative agenda.

Paul Ryan: Now the Ugly Face of the GOP Establishment

Those conservatives who saw Paul Ryan and his fellow “young guns” as the vanguard of a new conservative House might profit from recalling the ending of George Orwell’s Animal Farm; “The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.” In his arrogant dismissal of conservative populist concerns about Obama’s secret trade deal, and especially in his angry advocacy of establishment Republican corporatism that would continue the destruction of the aspirations of America’s working families, the transformation of Paul Ryan seems complete. 

Where Should Conservatives Stand On Trade Promotion Authority?

Paul Ryan and Ted Cruz have made a powerful argument that trade deals are good for the economy, good for job creation and good for American international competitiveness and that when we have a trade agreement with a country we tend to have a trade surplus, when we don’t have one we tend to have a trade deficit. So why the discomfort on the Right with giving President Obama the same kind of Trade Promotion Authority Congress gave President George W. Bush?