Another Veep Loser Planning to Quit?

Back when the 2016 GOP nomination kicked off (a good 5 days before Mitt got around to losing officially), here’s one way Paul Ryan’s anonymous advisors envisioned insulating his Presidential ambitions from any damaging votes: quitting.

They say that if he fails, Ryan’s instincts will be to return to the House — he is running for re-election to his House seat at the same time he’s Romney’s running mate — and resume his role as Budget Committee chairman.

Some senior Republicans caution it might not be that easy.

If Romney loses, Ryan will be seen as a leading White House contender in 2016. He will be a national party figure even without being a top member of the House leadership. That could breed resentment among current Republican leaders and perhaps splinter coalitions within the already fractured GOP alliances at the top of the House.

A return also would make Ryan a leading target for Democrats. For the next few years, Democrats would lay traps in legislation, forcing him to take sides on measures that could come back to haunt him during a presidential bid.

That is why some of Ryan’s biggest boosters are considering whether it wouldn’t be better for Ryan to resign from the House.

Never mind the delusion that suggests Ryan would be that enticing a target for Democrats. It gave Ryan’s advisors an excuse to advocate he quit before he has to cast anymore unpopular votes.

As DDay noted, anonymous sources are floating the idea of Ryan quitting again, this time in context of being forced to cast an unpopular vote on the fiscal cliff.

Speaker John A. Boehner has tapped Mr. Ryan, who has returned to his post as the House Budget Committee chairman after an unsuccessful run for vice president, to help strike a deal to avoid big tax increases and spending cuts by the end of the year, and to bring along fellow Republicans.

“He helps us toward creating a product,” said Senator Rob Portman, Republican of Ohio, “and he helps sell the product.”

The test will be whether Mr. Ryan — who declined last year to sit on another Congressional committee charged with taming the deficit, in large part because doing so might have hurt his prospects for national office — can make the transition from House budget philosopher to governing heavyweight who can help negotiate a bipartisan deal and sell it to his colleagues.

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With his new muscle and increased respect from his colleagues, Mr. Ryan could conceivably scuttle any deal if he loudly opposes a solution that the speaker and the top Republican leaders embrace. But his conservative base might rebel against him if he were to endorse any deal seen as awarding too much to Mr. Obama and the Democrats, particularly on tax rates. Some Republicans think the pitfalls are dangerous enough that Mr. Ryan might consider leaving Congress altogether to work on his policy agenda without the inherent headaches of the Hill.

“He has to think about what he wants his role to be,” said Representative Tom Cole of Oklahoma. “Is he going to run in 2016, or run for something else in Wisconsin, or play a bigger role in the House? He’s going to play an outsize role here because of the national profile he now has, but on the other hand, this conference is quite happy to act independently.” [my emphasis]

The implication being that if he plans to run in 2016, Ryan can’t stick around and–with a vote in favor of a “Grand Bargain”–compromise his governing ideology by admitting does not support a functioning government. Elsewhere, the article notes how much fun he and his wife had visting her grandmother’s home in Iowa.

In other words, he clearly plans to run.

Which leaves the question whether he truly agrees with these anonymous and on-the-record sources advising him to quit if he plans to run for President.

I guess he plans to follow the successful path of President Palin, then, even if he can’t run a marathon as fast as she can.

I just wonder what his Hollywood reality show will be called.

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6 Responses to Another Veep Loser Planning to Quit?

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bmaz RT @kgosztola: Why is Sanders target of questions on whether Trump will succeed in winning over his supporters? Shouldn't that be asked of…
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bmaz This is irrelevant at this point. The real point for this question has always been after a Clinton win in November. https://t.co/sPjdGu8O6G
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bmaz @DanCBarr Yeah, I should have held off sending my ballot off. Oh well, it is a little ugly yes or no.
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bmaz @sbagen And they did it without that blithering idiot Lester Munson!
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bmaz @sbagen Can't remember how many minutes, but yeah a full discussion, with clear implication the extension is significant.
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bmaz No, the discussion on Mike and Mike was totally uninformed+stupid. The appeal extension doesn't mean diddly squat https://t.co/8nDTv7Qaw1
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bmaz RT @jacklgoldsmith: Trump is "face of Scalia’s jurisprudence...in election where Repubs invited judgment fr Amer. people on [his] work" htt…
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bmaz This is one of the most reactionary and un-democratic suggestions imaginable. https://t.co/Q7k7hmUHUT
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emptywheel @joanneleon Yeah, I think "fascistic" is analytically problematic this year, bc it's a word people will only apply to Trump.
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emptywheel The IC Can’t Even Decide What Is Classified in Hillary’s Emails But They’re Attempting To Do Same on the Internet https://t.co/Jaq8U9QgYT
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JimWhiteGNV Think piece needed: GOP primary voters are very much like militants trained by the CIA in how they turn against their creators.
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JimWhiteGNV We survived Nixon, an evil president. We survived W, an idiot president. Could we survive Trump, an evil idiot president? Dunno.
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