Is Paul Ryan Poised For Speaker Of The House?


On Friday evenings' "The O'Reilly Factor," Laura Ingraham filled in as host and said that according to her sources a coup may be underway in Congress to remove the current Speaker of the House John Boehner after all of his tax proposals have basically moved farther an farther to the left's desires rather than stood for conservative principles. Now comes word from Ingraham that Paul Ryan may be selected to take his place.

“I had a well-placed conservative voice today on the Hill email me and said he’s beginning to hear rumblings — I already gave something away, ‘he’ — he’s beginning to hear of a move to replace the speaker of the House,” Ingraham said. “We’re in the middle of this tussle with the Democrats, more than a tussle, and is that the right time to put that out there? And people are floating the name of Paul Ryan to be House speaker. But Ryan did support … Plan B.”

Boehner saw his proposals slapped back at him twice last weekend and his adoption of "Plan B," which was formerly endorsed by Nancy Pelosi was also shot down this week. Boehner has been heavy handed against fiscal conservatives and has broken his own pledge to not raise taxes by submitting the proposals he has.

In addition, citizens have been campaigning against Boehner as Speaker in the new Congress and if the lack of votes on "Plan B" are any indication of what will be taking place, then I'd say it's safe that he will lose his position.

But the question arises, is Paul Ryan the man for the job? Ryan supports "Plan B." He defended "Plan B" on the House floor.

The Hill reports,

“Look, elections have consequences,” he said. “I, of all people, understand that.”

“What we are trying to do here is limit the damage to the taxpayers. There is not a single tax increase in here,” he said.

Ryan noted that Obama is only offering deficit proposals with much greater tax increases and stimulus spending.

“That is what got us in trouble in the first place,” he said.

There was no mention of the TARP vote, the auto industry bailout vote, the biggest expansion of Medicare in U.S. history, the massive highway bill and other high priced priorities when George W. Bush was in office, or the "continuing resolutions" that were voted for by Ryan. There have been a number of votes that Rep. Ryan has made that have allowed the spending of trillions of dollars, which is also part of the problem we face. While some may think he is a good choice for Speaker of the House, I wonder if there are not a few more candidates who are far more fiscally conservative than Rep. Ryan.



UPDATE:
Breitbart has an exclusive where they report that Staffers "have compiled a detailed action plan" to unseat John Boehner as Speaker, though they do not claim to be pushing for Paul Ryan to replace him. The plan provides two steps.

The circulated plan is a comprehensive multi-step process.

According to the plan as drafted, the first step is to re-establish the election of the Speaker of the House by secret ballot, rather than by a public roll call vote. That’s because the members who would oppose Boehner, if there ended up not being enough votes to achieve their desired result or if Boehner scared via threat or coaxed via prize some of the opposition into voting for him, would be sitting ducks for retaliation in the near future.

The second step of the circulated plan would require enough GOP members to band together and vote for somebody other than Boehner as Speaker. Since Illinois Democratic Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr., has resigned his position, there will be 434 voting members on January 3. For someone to win the Speaker election, they’d need to secure 217 votes – or a majority of everyone voting.The second step of the circulated plan would require enough GOP members to band together and vote for somebody other than Boehner as Speaker. Since Illinois Democratic Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr., has resigned his position, there will be 434 voting members on January 3. For someone to win the Speaker election, they’d need to secure 217 votes – or a majority of everyone voting.

Here are the documents Breitbart cites:

One Page Summary


CRS Report


2009 Boehner Card Check OpEd


Hinds Precedents

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