Even some of Paul Ryan’s friends and advisers seem to doubt that he and Romney will win

Frankly, I’m a little surprised that there hasn’t been more buzz about an Associated Press STORY of the other day in which certain allies of Paul Ryan, speaking on the proverbial Q.T., speculate about his political future:

Publicly, Ryan and his closest allies maintain that momentum is behind the Romney-Ryan ticket. They aren’t entertaining any talk about anything different from Ryan settling into the vice president’s residence in January. Ryan already has met once with Mike Leavitt, the former health and human services secretary who is building a government-in-waiting for Romney, Ryan advisers said.

But Ryan’s biggest boosters realize he probably can write his own ticket, win or lose on Nov. 6.

These Ryan allies spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss private proposals they were preparing for him. They insist Ryan is not worried about anything beyond the election and is not planning anything except being a governing partner to Romney.

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. He could write a book — “saving America” is a theme often bandied about — or teach at a university.




  1. Jonathan Saunders

    Anyone who, at this point, is still choosing to vote for Mr. Romney and Mr. Ryan is making a dangerous and potentially fatal mistake. I pray for every one of them.

  2. Really?

    I haven’t voted yet, explain it to me Jonathan.

    I particularly am intersted in dangerous and fatal.

  3. Brian Opsahl

    The Dangerous part would be that he said on june 9 2011 that he would elinimate FEMA. Afetr seeing what Hurricane Sandy did to our Eastern Seaboard…..i”m thinking were going to need them someday because it could be us next.

    The Fatal would be his constant lying. i’m sure other Countrys would really trust this guy after seeing his willingness to throw your average Americans under the bus and pretty much say anything to get elected, (Jeep lie) Never seen a guy lie like this and still have supporters. Incredible !!

  4. Brian

    Here is what Dangerous Mitt Romney actually said about FEMA.

    In context: Romney’s comments on FEMA

    By Louis Jacobson
    Published on Tuesday, October 30th, 2012 at 5:00 p.m.

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    The devastation of Hurricane Sandy on Tuesday prompted questions about Mitt Romney’s approach to disaster relief. At campaign events, Romney would not answer questions about his plans for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, but campaign spokesmen said he had no plans to eliminate the agency.

    Here’s a look at Romney’s comments about the federal role after a disaster from a June, 2011, debate at at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, N.H., The moderator was CNN’s John King, who asked the Republican candidates about the role of the federal government in areas such as space exploration, housing, food safety and disaster relief.

    King: What else, Gov. Romney? You’ve been a chief executive of a state. I was just in Joplin, Mo. (where a massive tornado hit). I’ve been in Mississippi and Louisiana and Tennessee and other communities dealing with whether it’s the tornadoes, the flooding, and worse. FEMA is about to run out of money, and there are some people who say do it on a case-by-case basis and some people who say, you know, maybe we’re learning a lesson here that the states should take on more of this role. How do you deal with something like that?

    Romney: Absolutely. Every time you have an occasion to take something from the federal government and send it back to the states, that’s the right direction. And if you can go even further and send it back to the private sector, that’s even better. Instead of thinking in the federal budget, what we should cut — we should ask ourselves the opposite question. What should we keep? We should take all of what we’re doing at the federal level and say, what are the things we’re doing that we don’t have to do? And those things we’ve got to stop doing, because we’re borrowing $1.6 trillion more this year than we’re taking in. We cannot…

    King: Including disaster relief, though?

    Romney: We cannot — we cannot afford to do those things without jeopardizing the future for our kids. It is simply immoral, in my view, for us to continue to rack up larger and larger debts and pass them on to our kids, knowing full well that we’ll all be dead and gone before it’s paid off. It makes no sense at all.

  5. Brian,

    You must have missed the extensive list of Obama lies I linked to yesterday. I included a very brief portion of the list for your edification.

    He is apparently a very dangerous man too, no?


    Obama- If the Supreme Court throws out the federal health care law, it “would be an unprecedented, extraordinary step of overturning a law that was passed by a strong majority of a democratically elected Congress.”
    Truth-O-Meter rating: False
    (PolitiFact- Slim majority, not unprecedented)

    Obama- “For the first time since 1990, American manufacturers are creating new jobs.”
    Truth-O-Meter rating: False

    Obama- “Preventive care … saves money, for families, for businesses, for government, for everybody.”
    Truth-O-Meter rating: False
    (PolitiFact- Wrong in 2009, and wrong today)

    Obama- “Thirty million Americans, including a lot of people in Florida, are going to be able to get healthcare next year because of that law.”
    Truth-O-Meter rating: False

    Obama- “I made a bunch of these promises during the campaign. … We’ve got about 60 percent done in three years.”
    Truth-O-Meter rating: False
    (PolitiFact- “In the Works” does not equal “done”)

    Obama Admin.- Under President Barack Obama, the United States has “doubled our exports.”
    Truth-O-Meter rating: False

    Obama Admin.- The president’s proposed budget “will help reduce the deficit by $400 billion over the next decade to the lowest level since Dwight Eisenhower was president.”
    Truth-O-Meter rating: False
    (PolitiFact-A mangled reference to a prior talking point)

    Obama- Under the White House’s budget proposal, “we will not be adding more to the national debt” by the middle of the decade.
    Truth-O-Meter rating: False
    (PolitiFact-Revenue would equal outlays, but he ignores growing interest on the debt)

    Obama- Twelve judges have thrown out legal challenges to the health care law because they rejected “the notion that the health care law was unconstitutional.”
    Truth-O-Meter rating: False
    (PolitiFact-Score two to two on judges’ decisions on constitionality)

    Obama- “I didn’t raise taxes once.”
    Truth-O-Meter rating: False
    (PolitiFact-We’ve tracked a few increases)

    Obama- When President Franklin D. Roosevelt started Social Security, “it only affected widows and orphans,” and when Medicare began, “it was a small program.”
    Truth-O-Meter rating: False
    (PolitiFact-A grain of truth in the big picture, far off on the details)

    Obama- The Bush administration had been “giving (auto companies) billions of dollars and just asking nothing in return.”
    Truth-O-Meter rating: False

    Obama- “The vast majority of the money I got was from small donors all across the country.”
    Truth-O-Meter rating: False
    (PolitiFact-Big donors bankrolled much of Obama’s campaign)

    Obama- “We’ve excluded lobbyists from policymaking jobs.”
    Truth-O-Meter rating: False
    (PolitiFact-We found at least four)

    Obama- When Obama was interviewed by American reporters in Asia, “Not one of them asked me about Asia. Not one of them asked me about the economy.”
    Truth-O-Meter rating: False
    (PolitiFact-More than one did)

    Obama- Insurers delayed an Illinois man’s treatment, “and he died because of it.”
    Truth-O-Meter rating: False
    (Insurer’s decision was reversed and man lived three more years)

    Obama- Health reform will “give every American the same opportunity” to buy health insurance the way members of Congress do.
    Truth-O-Meter rating: False

    Obama- Preventive care “saves money.”
    Truth-O-Meter rating: False
    (PolitiFact-Covering preventive care for everyone is a net cost)

    Obama- (No earmarks in spending bill)
    Truth-O-Meter rating: False

  6. Brian Opsahl

    For the really slow in the medical profession I dont read anybodys web sits from either side of any issue. Never have never will.
    All the crap you listed above doesn’t add up to this Jeep lie that has everyone pissed at him.
    I would get Carpal tunnel syndrom if I tried to list all of Mitts twists and turns he has taken on pretty much every important issue none to man….Doc !!
    Abortion…. Flipity / Flop
    Taxes….we aint seein…his dad showed 12 years
    Auto Bailout…..Let Detroit go bankrupt
    FEMA….Privtize….Hurrican Sandy….Flipity/Flop
    Iran….I agree with the President
    Afganistain…..Never tell them (the enemy) when your leaving….wrere leaving in 2014
    47 %……I dont care about those people…there victims
    Jeep Lies….Chrsyler is moving your jobs to China….CEO of Chrsyler says Romney is lying
    Delphi….. Investagation thats coming soon
    Regulations Quadrupled under Obama….lie
    90 billion in breaks to green energy…..lie
    Doubled the deficit…..lie
    Stimulas money spent buying eletric cars from Finland….Lie
    Obama never worked in the private sector….Lie
    He doesn’t have lobbyist running his campaign…..he’s ankle deep in lobbyists….Lie
    Running for Gov he claims the NRA endorsed him….Lie
    Bain Capitol and Freeport jobs nuff SAID SIR !!

  7. Church State

    How symbolic yet ironic for Mitt Romney to announce his VP choice on the battleship USS Wisconsin. GOP Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney certainly has the comfort of knowing it will not be the children of his fellow church members that will be fighting in any U.S. wars. The State of Utah lawmakers and other LDS/Mormon faithful lawmakers went to Washington in the 70’s and made sure federal regulation was passed to exempt their 19-24 year old men and women from serving in the US Military. On any given day the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS) – The Mormons has as many 40,000 young men and women missionaries in this age group serving their church worldwide. How coincidental with less than 30 days before the Presidential Election the LDS/Mormon church leaders lowered the age requirements for it’s male and female Mormon Missionaries (but, the exemption still exists on the books). Unethical or religious freedom??? If the LDS church and its members do not succeed in putting a Mormon President in the White House in 2012, you can trust the evasive, unaccountable, sworn to secrey, and buzzword LDS church and its members will persist until it does (John Huntsman Jr.) – and will probably persist at all costs.

  8. expdoc: Your list is very interesting, but it left out the biggest whopper of them all. Obama recently claimed at a campaign event that he has fought every day for the middle class. He has done enough damage already with lower wages and higher unemployment. To adapt a Will Rogers quote, we should be glad Obama isn’t fighting for the working class every hour.

  9. Brian Opsahl

    Lower wages…Really….ok Dan,
    But your ok with Bain/Romney sending good paying American jobs to China for 99 cents per hour. This Freeport Sensata Company is but one of many Companys that they have Harvested then put millions in an offshore tax haven…Really Dude !!

    Mr Obama has cut taxes for the middle class several times, Corporate profits are at an all time high. After fixing the mess he was handed we are finally on pace to start expanding our economy…..all of that is being done by Mr Obama without any help what so ever from the republicans …thats pretty amazing.

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