Monday Morning’s Hallway Gossip

Paul Ryan Zombie of LoveTiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie!) wins the morning as they breathlessly tell us—in the opening paragraphs of the daily email thingie—how our next preznint is going to be zombie-eyed granny-starver Paul Ryan. Note that it is completely unattributed:

Good Monday morning. EXCLUSIVE: On the eve of the Wisconsin primaries, top Republicans are becoming increasingly vocal about their long-held belief that Speaker Paul Ryan will wind up as the nominee, perhaps on the fourth ballot at a chaotic Cleveland convention. One of the nation’s best-wired Republicans, with an enviable prediction record for this cycle, sees a 60% chance of a convention deadlock, and a 90% chance that delegates turn to Ryan – ergo, a 54% chance that Ryan, who’ll start the third week of July as chairman of the Republican National Convention, will end it as the nominee. “He’s the most conservative, least establishment member of the establishment,” the Republican source said. “That’s what you need to be.”
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Ryan, who’s more calculating and ambitious than he lets on, is running the same playbook he did to become Speaker: saying he doesn’t want it, that it won’t happen. In both cases, the maximum leverage is to NOT WANT IT – and to be begged to do it. He and his staff are trying to be as Shermanesque as it gets. Ryan repeated his lack of interest this morning in an interview from Israel with radio host Hugh Hewitt.

But of course in this environment, saying you don’t want the job is the ONLY way to get it. If he was seen to be angling for it, he’d be stained and disqualified by the current mess. But Ryan, 46, a likable Midwesterner, could look too tempting to resist as Republicans finally focus on a beatable Hillary Clinton. He got rave reviews for a “State of American Politics” speech on March 23 (hashtag on his podium: “#ConfidentAmerica,” the title of his high-minded manifesto at the Library of Congress in December). In the “State of Politics” address, Ryan offered himself as the anti-Trump (without mentioning The Don): “Politics can be a battle of ideas, not insults.”

On “Morning Joe” this morning, Joe Scarborough said that if Trump falls even one vote short of a clinch, the convention will “look for someone else”: “If Trump doesn’t get the number, they’ll say they have rules for a reason.” And Karl Rove told Hewitt last week: “A fresh face might be the thing that would give us a chance to turn this election and win in November against Hillary.”

Top Republicans tell us “fresh face” is code for “Paul Ryan.” A Ryan friend chuckled when we asked if he wants it, and pointed to last month’s address: “That was somebody who was laying out the speech that, in most cases, you’d give six months before you announce you’re going to run – when you’re going around the country, raising money for your leadership PAC.”

MINDMELD from a Ryan friend: “I agree that a fresh face would be important. And it is true that a number of GOP leaders and activists want Paul to run for president at the convention. But he really doesn’t want to do it. Now, some will say that he said the same thing when he was picked for V.P. But I don’t think that is accurate. He was far more open to being V.P. during the vetting process (when he had time to think about it and the option to shut down the process) than he is to running for president.

“As for Speaker, it’s true that he said he’d never do it. But he did have a strong view about the terms under which he’d run for Speaker and serve as Speaker — he just didn’t believe that his colleagues would accept his terms. So, as for running for president, it’s different. He can’t imagine an end to this current process that would produce him as the nominee. He can’t see it and he’s not prepared to entertain it. He won’t receive anybody that wants to talk about it. He’s simply not engaging it.”

And so here we go again: without attribution and someone being on record this is just idle speculation and middle-school gossip. This ain’t journalism.

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5 Responses to Monday Morning’s Hallway Gossip

  1. C Montgomery Burns says:

    I quit at “…least establishment member of the establishment..”
    Well at least he does know how to scrub an already clean pot. So there.


  2. roket says:

    I though Romney was going to swoop in and save the day.

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    • tengrain says:

      The only thing Willard ever saves is spare change. Cheapest Man Alive.

      Worth hundreds of millions of dollars and he buys discount, off-brand, soft drinks for his employees.




  3. StringOnAStick says:

    I dunno, but it seems like if he hits the ground as their candidate in late July with no campaign apparatus, no field organization, no campaign funding, etc, that we might get a chance to see Ryan auger in so badly that we’d finally be rid of his smug mug. A girl can dream, and not of that creepy little twit.


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