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Eleanor Clift: Paul Ryan, Still a Darling to Republicans, Is Quietly Getting Ready for 2016
The Daily Beast's Politics Beast ^ | August 8, 2013 | Eleanor Clift

Posted on 08/09/2013 7:59:32 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Can anybody unite a party that’s at war with itself? That’s the question Republicans are asking, and the answer might be former vice-presidential contender Paul Ryan, whose low profile amidst the intra-party squabbling suggests he is deftly positioning himself as Speaker in waiting or the GOP’s last best hope for 2016—either way a Hobson’s choice given the demoralized state of the party.

Ryan wrote the budget that balances in 10 years, and that helped bring Congress to its knees, unable to find the votes to pass any of its traditional priorities, a farm bill or a transportation bill, much less a kinder, gentler budget that could get Democratic votes. With Republicans holding out for deep spending cuts, Ryan decamped to his Wisconsin district, assuring his constituents that he stands ready to help them navigate the challenges of enrolling in Obamacare even as he pledges to continue working to delay implementing the law.

It’s the kind of balancing act that the 43-year-old Ryan has gotten good at, acting and sounding like the grownup who seeks compromise while still keeping lines open to the Tea Party wing of his party that opposes any accommodation with Democrats. “He knows how to use the words that are magic words for the Right without sounding like some lunatic,” says Norman Ornstein with the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank....

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TOPICS: Wisconsin; Campaign News; Issues; Parties
KEYWORDS: 2016; 2016gopprimary; congress; paulryan; ryan2016; teaparty
And who would know more about conservatives and the Republican party than Mrs. Clift? Now that Robert Novak is gone, we'll be relying on her more and more, huh?
1 posted on 08/09/2013 7:59:32 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

And sadly, Ryan is in the process of Rubio-ing himself over immigration. Buh-bye.


2 posted on 08/09/2013 8:02:21 PM PDT by M. Thatcher
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Forget Ryan. He’s had his chance.


3 posted on 08/09/2013 8:02:36 PM PDT by stars & stripes forever
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To: stars & stripes forever

Ryan can bend over and kiss all he wants but I will never vote for him for anything anytime anywhere.........


4 posted on 08/09/2013 8:04:26 PM PDT by Nextrush (A BALANCED BUDGET NOW AND PRESIDENT SARAH PALIN ARE AT THE TOP OF MY LIST)
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To: stars & stripes forever

If he is the nominee, I guess I won’t be voting for President again.


5 posted on 08/09/2013 8:04:29 PM PDT by doc1019 (Get our troops the hell out of the ME)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Eleonor Clift is Clintons favorite Urophagia.
6 posted on 08/09/2013 8:05:26 PM PDT by Venturer ( cowardice posturing as tolerance =political correctness)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

hardly a ‘darling’. He’s a Boehner puppet.


7 posted on 08/09/2013 8:06:00 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Ryan and Rubio will not be presidential nominees. Both blew it with the base. So neither could win unless the base is split among conservative candidates. That will never happen........right?
8 posted on 08/09/2013 8:09:27 PM PDT by Nuc 1.1 (Nuc 1 Liberals aren't Patriots. Remember 1789!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
NO! Bad Republican! Bad!

Run for Governor of your state first.

9 posted on 08/09/2013 8:12:18 PM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: M. Thatcher

Ryan is dead to me as a candidate.


10 posted on 08/09/2013 8:13:17 PM PDT by Mouton (108th MI Group.....68-71)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Ryan is in for a nasty surprise. He is now despised by patriotic Americans across the country. He is a progressive traitor who is using our Constitution as an oil rag. Bob


11 posted on 08/09/2013 8:14:47 PM PDT by alstewartfan ("The atmosphere's too cold in here to attract a butterfly like that." Al Stewart)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Gee, I thought she was dead. Oh, sorry, that’s braindead, not physically dead. My mistake.


12 posted on 08/09/2013 8:15:10 PM PDT by MIchaelTArchangel (Have a wonderful day!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Paul Ryan has an albatross named Willard around his neck. People vote according to association.


13 posted on 08/09/2013 8:16:52 PM PDT by jonrick46 (The opium of Communists: other people's money.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Ryan is an example of someone who has allowed the rubbing of shoulders in Washington to turn him into a monster. A young Paul Ryan would have been horrified to meet his present-day countenance. Bob


14 posted on 08/09/2013 8:20:20 PM PDT by alstewartfan ("The atmosphere's too cold in here to attract a butterfly like that." Al Stewart)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Well I’m no longer a Republican so there.


15 posted on 08/09/2013 8:32:08 PM PDT by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

When it comes to immigration, I don’t think Ryan is doing the math.


16 posted on 08/09/2013 8:36:38 PM PDT by kevao (Biblical Jesus: Give your money to the poor. Socialist Jesus: Give your neighbor's money to the poor)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Clift is nuts. Always been that way.


17 posted on 08/09/2013 8:36:43 PM PDT by upchuck (To the faceless, jack-booted government bureaucrat who just scanned this post: SCREW YOU!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Eleanor Clift has been certifiably insane since the waning days of the Wilson administration.


18 posted on 08/09/2013 8:46:57 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Again, a good liberal like Clift wishing the best for the conservative movement. Heartwarming, really.

(Surely I don’t need to add the /sarc tag!)

Oldplayer


19 posted on 08/09/2013 8:47:06 PM PDT by oldplayer
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Nope. Paul Ryan will NEVER get my vote. I have nothing but contempt for him, after his sell-out on amnesty and endorsing homo adoption.


20 posted on 08/09/2013 8:54:43 PM PDT by greene66
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To: upchuck

Ugly as well.


21 posted on 08/09/2013 9:00:30 PM PDT by Postman (Flies get too litle credit. Boehner gets too much.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I hope Ryan gets an earful from his constituents during the recess. He needs to wake up.


22 posted on 08/09/2013 9:04:11 PM PDT by Girlene (Hey, NSA!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

None of these purported front runners appeals to me. Allen West, Ted Cruz and Steve King would. As for the rest of ‘em, I’m taking the tact of the unimpressed potential real estate buyer.... “Nah.. What else ya got?”


23 posted on 08/09/2013 9:07:03 PM PDT by ScottinVA (If you don't care about Antonio Santiago, sure as hell don't whine about Trayvon Martin.)
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To: goodwithagun
As far as I'm concerned, the Republican Party doesn't have any serious contender who would get my vote. Every one of them — Ryan, Rubio, Christie, Jeb — are all liberal.
24 posted on 08/09/2013 9:09:43 PM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Yes. We should all vote for a guy in his 40s who has never had a job.

Worked so well, for us, with the current slob in office.


25 posted on 08/09/2013 9:12:38 PM PDT by mindburglar (Karl Rove will call Ted Cruz a "white hispanic".)
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To: fatnotlazy

Ditto ... Yet another gaggle of goofballs. Pass.


26 posted on 08/09/2013 9:13:16 PM PDT by ScottinVA (If you don't care about Antonio Santiago, sure as hell don't whine about Trayvon Martin.)
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To: fatnotlazy

I was in a rather passionate argument with a FReeper a couple of nights ago who condemned me for posting my sentiments regarding the GOPe. It seems there are a few FReepers who insist that the lesser of two evils is not evil at all. I understand his concern about a third party; however, it seems my votes have been for politicians that will do exactly as the Democrats. I may as well have pulled the lever for the guys with the Ds after their names! So what do we have to lose? If a third party splits the ticket, we get a lberal office holder. If there is no third party and the R wins, we get a liberal office holder.


27 posted on 08/09/2013 9:23:15 PM PDT by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: M. Thatcher

Ryan is dead to me. Immigration, TARP, etc.


28 posted on 08/09/2013 9:33:22 PM PDT by kabar
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To: goodwithagun

That stuff about third parties is designed to keep people voting for one or the other established liberal party. I believe a strong conservative party could mop the floor. The third party needs ample financial resources, leadership that can organize and mobilize effectively and strong, articulate and thoroughly vetted conservative candidates. Give people a real choice and they will flock to the right candidates.


29 posted on 08/09/2013 10:00:26 PM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Ellly Mae Cliff. Go get your shine box.


30 posted on 08/10/2013 2:44:49 AM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Eleanor Clift is as delusional as ever.


31 posted on 08/10/2013 5:18:12 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: jonrick46

Ryan did a horrible job during his debates with Biden. Biden really caught him when he brought up the letter Ryan had written asking for pork for his district. And in every other respect, Ryan was mealy-mouthed and appeasing. No thank you.


32 posted on 08/10/2013 5:31:23 AM PDT by Pining_4_TX (All those who were appointed to eternal life believed. Acts 13:48)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The old crone, sitting on a high post, wakes to the sound of the noisy arguments occurring below her.

With a shuffling of her wings, she repositions her scruffy behind and looks down her boney beak disdainfully at the source of the noise.

Arching her shoulders slightly, she releases what she considers to be a an intellectual diatribe towards the noisy group.

Hearing her, someone in the crowd below yells out: "Where is that awful screeching coming from?"

33 posted on 08/10/2013 10:00:57 AM PDT by Col Freeper (FR: A smorgasbord of Conservative Mindfood - dig in and enjoy it!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

To what Republicans? The GOPe and business leaders, perhaps.

But I’m thinking he’s done with the folks that pull the levers. Hope that’s the case. His true colors, like his Cuban buddy from Florida, have come thru.


34 posted on 09/04/2013 4:24:31 PM PDT by qaz123
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