Boehner’s Pick for GOP: Speaker Paul Ryan

Paul Ryan? Is he running for president?

Paul Ryan

You couldn’t see this coming, right? The Establishment GOP is in full panic at the prospect of Donald Trump or Ted Cruz as their nominee. Clearly, many of them would rather lose the presidency to the democrats than see either of those two guys as president. Witness the statements of former speaker John Boehner.

From Politico:

Former Speaker John Boehner said Paul Ryan should be the Republican nominee for president if the party fails to choose a candidate on the first ballot.

“If we don’t have a nominee who can win on the first ballot, I’m for none of the above,” Boehner said at the Futures Industry Association conference here. “They all had a chance to win. None of them won. So I’m for none of the above. I’m for Paul Ryan to be our nominee.”

Wading into the GOP nominating battle for the first time since leaving office last fall, Boehner said that “anybody can be nominated” at the convention in Cleveland this summer.

You know who’s got to be really ticked off? Gov. John Kasich, who as noted here, clearly sees himself as the GOP savior, who will ride into the convention to the rescue on his white horse (or in a mail truck.)

These guys cannot give up the ghost. John, it’s over. This sort of thinking is the reason you are no longer Speaker of the House. I thought you were going to ride off into the sunset on your golf cart and leave these decisions to someone else. I think that was a good idea. You need to get back to that . Have a martini and butt out!

13 comments

  1. After getting hit in the head by a golf ball Boehner had an epiphany, “why not Paul Ryan”. He forgets that Romney and Ryan had their butts kicked. Ask yourself, what does Hillary or Obama have on John the whiner?
    Kasich has pro-amnesty, pro-assault ban, and pro-common core. What’s not to like about either choice.
    Excuse me, I have to talk to Ralph the porcelain god.

  2. When I was a wee prodigy, my parental units in formed me that Santa Claus was a fictional character and as such could never be president. Now comes Reince wanting me to tell me there is a Trump Claus as well. “Anyone can grow up to be president” is a lie, too, Reince?

  3. Actually the Rules Committee that meets in July in Cleveland will decide who is eligible. Currently Rule 40, adopted in 2012, requires a candidate to have a majority of delegates in 8 different states to be nominated, but that could be changed easily. So, technically you are correct (because the rule could be changed), but under the rules currently in place, it wouldn’t be possible for someone who hadn’t been a candidate in the primaries to be the nominee.

  4. Nothing says they can’t change the rules Remember Sea Island and lots of money!

  5. Oh yes, as I said above, they can certainly change the rules whenever they want.

  6. I hope they have the sense to start working on that right now, Laurence.

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