Paul Ryan

Paul Ryan easily wins his primary

Featured image Speaker Paul Ryan crushed his Republican primary opponent Paul Nehlenn today. Ryan received around 85 percent of the vote, according to Politico. Ryan, of course, had all the advantages. His opponent was an unknown whom Ryan (gutlessly, it seems to me) refused to debate. In addition, Ryan was able to pour more than $600,000 into television advertising in the past month. He even obtained Donald Trump’s endorsement in the end. »

George Will’s unfair attack on Paul Ryan [UPDATED]

Featured image George Will has lashed out at Speaker Paul Ryan for endorsing Donald Trump. Ryan says he endorsed Trump because he thinks a Trump presidency would be better for Ryan’s House policy agenda than would a Clinton presidency. Ryan is almost certainly right about this. However, Will finds it insufficient reason for Ryan to support Trump. He dismisses Ryan’s thinking this way: In Robert Bolt’s play “A Man for All Seasons,” »

Paul Ryan is wrong about Trump’s attack on the judge

Featured image Speaker Paul Ryan said today that Donald Trump’s attacks on Judge Gonzalo Curiel constituted “the textbook definition of a racist comment.” Ryan made this comment in the Anacostia neighborhood of Southeast Washington, D.C. Ryan thus had two reasons to label Trump’s remark “racist.” By doing so, he could pander to his African-American audience and position himself, in the event Trump loses, to say he called Trump out. But Ryan is »

Paul Ryan endorses Donald Trump

Featured image House Speaker Paul Ryan says he will vote for Donald Trump in November. Ryan says he will do so because he “feel[s] confident [Trump] would help us turn the ideas in [the Republican House] agenda into laws to help improve people’s lives. This is an endorsement. Ryan isn’t going to vote for Trump merely because he’s the GOP nominee or because he is marginally less bad than Hillary Clinton. No. »

The dilemma Trump poses

Featured image Michael Gerson’s latest column attacking Donald Trump bemoans the fact that Marco Rubio has endorsed the tycoon and the prospect that Paul Ryan soon may do so. More on that later. The passage from Gerson that caught my eye is this one: Here is the problem in sum: Republicans have not been given the option of choosing the lesser of two evils. The GOP has selected someone who is unfit »

Senate Republicans block Lee Amendment, preserve AFFH

Featured image The Lee Amendment to defund President Obama’s Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) regulation failed in the Senate yesterday because not enough Republicans backed it. The Amendment was tabled by a vote of 60-37. Jeremy Carl aptly describes this vote as a defeat for conservatism, community control, and common sense. It is a victory, as Carl says, for turning the federal government into a National Zoning board, forcing high density housing »

Not yet

Featured image Heading into the Cedar Cultural Center over in the West Bank neighborhood of Minneapolis in December 2009, I found myself entering with the evening’s featured attraction. John Sebastian was the star performing along with mandolin virtuoso David Grisman; they were appearing together in Minneapolis on the first stop of a too-short tour in support of their 2007 disc Satisfied. I shook hands with Sebastian and asked him if he remembered »

Ryan in Jerusalem

Featured image Times of Israel editor David Horovitz sat down with Paul Ryan on Sunday evening in Jerusalem for an interview (at the David Citadel Hotel, I think). David introduces the interview this way: Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mitt Romney’s 2012 running mate, and the Republican Who Didn’t Run for the Presidency this time — broadly holds to the principle of not being too critical of the US government when »

Scott Walker endorses Ted Cruz [UPDATED]

Featured image With the Wisconsin primary fast approaching, Gov. Scott Walker yesterday endorsed Ted Cruz. He will campaign for, and with, Cruz in the coming days. Endorsements of non-Trump candidates by leading state figures haven’t tended to slow Donald Trump in the past. In South Carolina, for example, endorsements by Gov. Nikki Haley and Sen. Tim Scott boosted Marco Rubio in relation to the other also-rans, but failed to prevent Trump from »

Paul Ryan to push for Obama’s legacy “jail break” agenda

Featured image Paul Ryan has made it clear that he considers himself the Republican Party’s “shadow nominee” for president. As such, he’s trying to lock the contenders for the real nomination into positions he favors — positions that, in some cases, are out-of-step with those advocated by the GOP frontrunners and difficult to reconcile with conservatism as we have long known it. This, it seems to me, was the purpose of Ryan’s »

Congress Passes Obamacare Repeal and Planned Parenthood Defunding: Finally!

Featured image Today the House of Representatives passed a bill that would repeal Obamacare and defund Planned Parenthood. This is the same bill that passed the Senate last month on a 52-47, with the Republicans avoiding a filibuster with the same reconciliation process that enabled passage of Obamacare in the first place. The vote in the House was 240-181, nearly along party lines. So for the first time, President Obama will be »

The problem with Speaker Ryan in one headline

Featured image Yesterday’s Washington Post featured an article by Amber Phillips called (in the paper edition) “A dismal congressional session, but a flicker of hope.” According to Phillips, the “hope” lies in the “fresh face” of Speaker Paul Ryan and the bipartisanship he has already demonstrated. That the Washington Post sees hope in Ryan’s emergence tells conservatives everything they need to know about the new Speaker. Moreover, an article like Phillips’ is »

Paul Ryan Explains

Featured image Both here on Power Line and elsewhere Speaker Paul Ryan and congressional Republicans in general have been taking heavy weather for the sorry outcome of the omnibus budget that passed last week. Ryan went on Bill Bennett’s radio show on Tuesday to tell his side of the story, which involves the fact that he inherited from outgoing Speaker John Boehner an unfavorable budget framework, as well as some of the tradeoffs involved »

Which Republican has hurt conservatism the most?

Featured image By this time next year the answer might be easy: Donald Trump, if you count him as a Republican. For now, Paul Ryan ranks at the top of my list. Your answer will depend, naturally, on how you view conservatism. But when we look at Ryan’s omnibus spending bill, we see a nearly across-the-board sell out on issues that most conservatives view as fundamental. Rick Manning, President of Americans for »

Tom Cotton and Harry Reid Agree On Omnibus Spending Bill

Featured image When Senators Tom Cotton and Harry Reid agree on something, you could call it a pretty strong consensus. And they both see Paul Ryan’s omnibus spending bill as a huge win for the Democrats. Harry Reid ran a victory lap: Senate Democrats on Friday boasted that they successfully managed to get just about everything they wanted in a massive spending and tax cut bill, despite being the minority party in »

GOP leadership caves on Gosar Amendment

Featured image More bad news about the Omnibus spending bill: the Gosar Amendment language has been stripped out. This language would have prevented the Obama administration from implementing its Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule (AFFH), a radical plan to use the power of the national government to create communities of a certain kind, each having what the federal government deems an appropriate mix of economic, racial, and ethnic diversity. Apparently, Mitch McConnell »

Ominibus bill rewards Department of Education overreach

Featured image On Friday, the House will vote on the year-end omnibus spending bill, formally known as the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016. As Heritage Action says, the bill should have been an opportunity for conservatives to reassert their prerogatives on a host of important issues, ranging from appropriate spending levels to substantive action on refugee resettlement, executive amnesty, Planned Parenthood, and many more. Instead, the omnibus spending bill falls far short »