Tweet of the Day, Of Course Paul Ryan Laughed at Donald Trump edition.

Paul Ryan is highest-ranking the Republican in Washington most likely to still have a career next year if Trump is the nominee. I mean, sure, the GOP loses the Senate and the Presidency. But you’ll still have a good, solid 40% chance of keeping the House of Representatives. And even if he loses, Ryan’s got nothing to personally fret over. He never wanted to be Speaker of the House in the first place.

Speaker Paul Ryan has brought the big guns for tonight’s SotU.


Seriously, there’s not much farther you can escalate things than with nuns. The only group that might hope to trump nuns would be Girl Scouts; and not even Barack Obama crosses the Girl Scouts if he could possibly help it. This is a documented truth, by the way. It is a minor tragedy of my life that I never quite figured out how to duplicate that event at a later time…

Paul Ryan is 45, and the Speaker of the House.

This is not unrelated, in my opinion. Ryan’s not the youngest Speaker ever, but it’s been a while since we’ve tapped somebody that young – and, may I say? It’s odd to think of myself as ‘young’ these days, but it’s true: I’m the same age as Paul Ryan and only a year older than Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz. I guess my generation is starting to get its hands on some of the reins of power.

And not a moment too soon, in my own personal opinion.

Moe Lane

PS: Told you it was going to happen. Because I cherish these moments when I made the right call ahead of time.

Tweet of the Day, The House Freedom Caucus Deals With The Fallout edition.

I post this Tweet knowing that at least half my readers are going to be upset about this…

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*Not* shocking news: Paul Ryan would rather be House Ways & Means chair…

than President: “‘It is amazing the amount of encouragement I have gotten from people – from friends and supporters – but I feel like I am in a position to make a big difference where I am and I want to do that,’ [Congressman Paul Ryan] said.” This should shock nobody, and relieve quite a few: I want Ryan to stay at Ways & Means myself.  It’s the perfect job for a hardcore wonk with a taste for interacting with the tax code with a flensing knife.

Plus, we kind of could use seeing some clarity in next year’s race begin to appear.

Paul Ryan to IRS: ‘Nobody believes you.’

That’s the central problem that the IRS has, here:

A defiant IRS Commissioner on Friday refused to apologize for the loss of ex-IRS official Lois Lerner’s emails, and said the agency produced what they could, attributing their disappearance to dated technology.

“I don’t think an apology is owed,” chief John Koskinen told Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp after the Republican lawmaker asked for one at the first hearing since news came of crashed computers of some IRS officials.

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*Other* QotD, I Almost Admire The IRS’s Chutzpah edition.

You have got to be kidding me:

New IRS Commissioner Danny Werfel appeared on his 34th day on the job to brief the [House Ways and Means] committee on his review of the agency’s activities, but he didn’t add much to the conversation — other than asking for a bigger budget, which prompted scorn from Paul Ryan.

I’m surprised Congressman Ryan didn’t throw his dry eraser at Werfel’s head.  I mean, that was just stupid of the new commissioner.  And if Werfel thinks that he’s having a bad day now, just wait until 2014 when he’s suddenly the scapegoat for every bad thing that happens with Obamacare’s implementation – which is to say, everything about Obamacare’s implementation.

I’d feel bad about that, except that nobody made him take the job.

Paul Ryan and our budget.

This is an important point:

In what liberals are sure to describe as a fit of denial, [House Budget Chairman Paul] Ryan argues that Republicans are actually “much better positioned” to advance conservative policy alternatives during Obama’s second term than they were during the 2012 campaign. He predicts that once Americans begin to feel the practical effects of Obama’s policies, many of which have yet to be fully implemented, they will “yearn” for change. Voters may have endorsed such policies in theory, but according to Ryan, they are in for a rude awakening when Obamacare and other aspects of the president’s agenda take full effect over the next couple of years.

“I think it’s different now that the rubber is hitting the road with respect to Obama’s policies,” Ryan says. “We ran against the Obama policies before they were implemented. Obama was able to protect them with his rhetoric, but he was never measured against his results. Now, in the second term, they’re implementing these things, they’re putting details in writing, regulations are coming out, and we’re seeing just how different these proposals are than the rhetoric that was used to sell them.”

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Obama’s budget proposal will be late. Again.

Because apparently math is hard.

The White House has informed House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) that it will miss the legal deadline for sending a budget to Congress.

Acting Budget Director Jeff Zients told Ryan (R-Wis.) late Friday that the budget will not be delivered by Feb. 4, as required by law, a House aide said.

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Rep. Paul Ryan: back in the fiscal wars.

I think that I can taste just the faintest touch of bitterness in this article:

When Mr. Ryan returned to Capitol Hill last week, he was met with a standing ovation from his Republican colleagues, a bear hug from Mr. Boehner and the hope from conservatives that he would hold the line on taxes and other spending.


According to aides and others close to Mr. Ryan, he is as focused on doing the job before him as he was on winning the vice-presidential race. “We just sort of picked ourselves back up, and we are all back into our lives and jobs,” Tobin Ryan said. “And frankly, I see Paul doing the same thing.”

It always annoys the Left when people from our side indeed pick themselves up and dust themselves off.  We never wallow enough in despair to suit them, honestly.  Continue reading Rep. Paul Ryan: back in the fiscal wars.