I would like to second Ramesh Ponnuru’s unofficial nomination of Paul Ryan to become Speaker of the House:
But Ryan is respected by most people on both sides of the divide. Many of the Republicans who were against Boehner and McCarthy would listen to him, and trust him to listen to them. They sometimes disagree with him, but they trust that he is in politics because of conservative ideas. No other House Republican has the same reservoir of goodwill. No other House Republican is considered as good a spokesman on such politically perilous issues as entitlement reform.
After Kevin McCarthy’s Benghazi gaffe and his atrocious effort to explain it away to Bret Baier, I argued that McCarthy made John Boehner look like Ronald Reagan. I concluded, “But if Republicans are to offer a credible legislative program and be an effective opposition to the Obama Administration, they are going to have to do better than Kevin McCarthy.”
Honestly, Republicans will have to aim for best, not just settle for better. If Republicans aim for the best they would hard pressed to find anyone better than Paul Ryan. Given his dilligent efforts towards budgetary and heath care reform and his ability to speak to these reforms in a persuasive manner, Republicans would be hard pressed to find anyone better to lead their legislative agenda.
Now some of you might say, “Hey! He supported Kevin McCarthy for Speaker!” But Ryan has proven he can go toe to toe with President Obama. Yet let us not forget the look on Obama’s face when Ryan explained health care policy to him at the Health Care Summit in February 2010. Obama certainly didn’t forget it. Over a year later, Obama made a point of inviting Ryan to sit in the front row of speech on fiscal policy at George Washington and publicly insulted his budget plan as not being “serious” or “courageous” when he was not in a position to respond although he would make a forceful public statement of his own after the event. It is easy to see why Mitt Romney chose Ryan to be his running mate in 2012.
Although we don’t have a parliamentary system here in the United States, when the party that controls is Congress is different from the party that controls the White House, Congress has to become an official opposition of sorts. If we did have a parliamentary system in this country and Republicans chose a leader of the official opposition, I think Ryan would be best suited to this task. The point here is that Paul Ryan gets under Obama’s skin. If Ryan is elected Speaker and Obama has to face him, more likely than not the President will come out on the short end. Methinks that is an excellent qualification for the position.
Now if Ryan genuinely doesn’t want the job, then that’s another thing altogether. For the good of the country, there should be an effort to persuade Paul Ryan to become the next Speaker of the House of Representatives.
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