House of Representatives

Paul Ryan should stay away from entitlement reform next year

Featured image I have heard several Republican presidential candidates, including Ted Cruz, publicly wish that the GOP would fight as hard for conservative principles as President Obama fights for radical leftist ones. It’s a good thought, but I wonder whether those expressing it realize the full implications. One crucial way that Obama fought for his radical leftist principles was to conceal them when running for president. For example, he didn’t support gay »

Ryan wins GOP Speaker nomination, the sell-out commences

Featured image The Republican House conference held its Speaker election this afternoon and resoundingly selected Paul Ryan for the job. According to this report, Ryan received 200 votes to 43 for Daniel Webster. Marsha Blackman and Kevin McCarthy each received one vote. In other news, the Speaker-to-be has endorsed the awful budget deal that John Boehner secretly negotiated (along with Mitch McConnell) with Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi. The deal passed the »

Some rout

Featured image Members of the mainstream media are tripping over one another in the rush to proclaim that Hillary Clinton routed the Republicans on Trey Gowdy’s committee yesterday. I’ll be the first to admit (and wrote in real time) that Hillary skated basically untouched through the first two hours of the hearing and had the better of the opening round of questioning as a whole. I didn’t watch beyond the first round, »

Washington Post hatchet-man weighs in on Paul Ryan’s behalf

Featured image To the list of anti-conservatives who want to see Paul Ryan become House Speaker we can add Dave Weigel of the Washington Post. Weigel is the author of a Post article called “Ryan’s offer roils nest of disgruntled conservatives.” (Emphasis added) I don’t know whether Weigel is responsible for the title, but if Weigel didn’t write it, the headline-writer seems to share Weigel’s near-pathological contempt for conservatives. The article is »

Ryan’s words show why he’ll be a bad Speaker

Featured image Paul Ryan isn’t even Speaker of the House yet and he’s already broken one promise. Ryan said he wouldn’t run for Speaker unless he had the endorsement of the Freedom Caucus. He doesn’t have it, yet he is plowing ahead. Ryan’s statement of intent illustrates why he likely will be a bad Speaker, and possibly a disastrous one. Ryan said in part: Over the past few days, I’ve been thinking »

Harry Reid’s choice for Speaker presents his demands [UPDATED]

Featured image If the endorsement of Rep. Luis (the illegal immigrant’s best friend) Gutierrez was not enough to demonstrate that Rep. Paul Ryan is a bad choice for Speaker of the House, then surely Sen. Harry Reid’s endorsement is. Reid told reporters yesterday that he’s “Paul Ryan fan” and hopes the former Republican vice presidential nominee gets the nod. Reid added: [Ryan] appears to me to be one of the people over »

Paul Ryan: Luis Gutierrez’s choice for Speaker

Featured image I may be one of the few who is saying publicly that Rep. Paul Ryan is a bad choice for Speaker, but I’m not the only one who believes his selection would benefit liberals, comparatively speaking. Rep. Luis Gutierrez, an extreme left-wing Democrat, told MSNBC that Ryan’s ascent to Speaker “would be good for the country.” Breitbart correctly describes Gutierrez as “perhaps the most extreme open-borders advocate in Congress.” It »

Will Paul Ryan be the next speaker? I hope not

Featured image Following Kevin McCarthy’s surprising decision to drop out of the race for House Speaker, attention has turned to Paul Ryan. The widely respected Wisconsin man is viewed by many as the Republican representative most likely to (1) obtain the votes needed to become Speaker and (2) perhaps provide a degree of party unity post-selection. Ryan apparently does not want the job, for an obvious reason (it’s a daunting post) and »

Shocker: Kevin McCarthy Pulls Out

Featured image In a stunning development, Kevin McCarthy has withdrawn his candidacy to be Speaker of the House. Republican Congressmen apparently were as surprised as we are: McCarthy shocked his colleagues at the start of Thursday’s closed meeting, telling them he was not the right person for the job. He recommended that the election be postponed and Boehner delayed it. “There was total shock, and then total silence,” said Rep. Robert Pittenger, »

Boehner’s shortcomings, not GOP dysfunction, were his downfall

Featured image John Boehner’s resignation has sparked another round of claims from the mainstream media that the Republican party is hopelessly divided and incapable of governing. These claims, one suspects, are presented more in delight than in sorrow. There’s no question that there deep divisions exist within the party about tactics and, to a much lesser degree, policy. But the MSM’s spin on Boehner ignores the possibility that his problems as Speaker »

What Next For the House?

Featured image Speaker John Boehner’s resignation reflects the fact that virtually every Republican in the United States is disappointed in the Congress. With Republican majorities in both the House and the Senate, it is hard to point to any significant accomplishments in the last eight months. At a minimum, I had expected a Republican Congress to pass a series of popular, conservative measures which the Democrats would be obliged to filibuster (if »

Ideology trumps charm, and certainly charm’s absence

Featured image The House, as John noted, has thwarted President Obama’s attempt to expand his trade negotiating power, casting considerable doubt over whether he will be able to secure the Pacific trade accord he craves (and which, in my opinion, America could use). Despite a furious last-minute lobbying effort by Obama, only 40 House Democrats voted in favor of “trade adjustment assistance” to workers unemployed as a result of free trade, a »

Grant Starrett for Congress

Featured image Grant Starrett has announced that he’s running for Congress in Tennessee’s Fourth Congressional District. Last week, I introduced Grant to our readers and explained why I intend to support him. I’m not alone. Previously, Erick Erikson tweeted that he would support Grant if he enters the race. And today, Ramesh Ponnuru writes: I’ve met Starrett and was impressed by his intelligence and commitment to conservative causes. But even if he »

introducing Grant Starrett [Updated]

Featured image From 2011 through 2014, the House of Representatives was conservatism’s only reliable line of defense against President Obama’s leftist encroachments. It’s quite possible that after 2016, conservatives will again need to look to the House to play this vital defensive role. To maintain control of the House, and to keep it in fighting trim, Republicans must run strong, principled conservatives — and not just for open and Democrat-held seats. We »

House Prepares to Join Senate on Iran

Featured image The White House tried to demonize 47 Senate Republicans as traitors because they wrote an open letter explaining the important role that the Senate plays in any binding treaty. It looks as though the “traitor” list is about to get much longer, as a bipartisan group of over 300 Congressmen are preparing a letter of their own, reminding President Obama of the role that Congress must play in any meaningful »

Boehner re-elected speaker, but 25 Republicans dissent

Featured image As expected, John Boehner will continue on as Speaker of the House. He received 216 votes. That’s less than a majority of the full House, but comfortably more than a majority of the votes cast. Like John, I’m not happy to see Boehner serve two more years as Speaker, given his handling of “Cromnibus.” But I wasn’t convinced that the candidates who ran against him were Speaker material. 24 Republicans »

For Speaker, Louis Gohmert [Updated]

Featured image Texas Congressman Louis Gohmert announced on Fox and Friends this morning that he will challenge John Boehner as Speaker of the House in the new Congress. I hope Gohmert wins, and urge conservatives in the House delegation to vote for him. I have generally defended Boehner in the past, but in my view his conduct with regard to the continuing resolution/omnibus spending bill that was passed during the lame duck »