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Is Paul Ryan the future of the GOP?

L.A. Times 2012/11/14 16:11:00
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Republican Representative Paul Ryan returned to Congress on Tuesday, his political star rising even if his political future remains uncertain.

The Wisconsin congressman and GOP vice presidential nominee has dismissed talk of a 2016 presidential run, saying Americans are tired of politics, and he described the "shock" of losing on election night as a "foreign experience." For now, he is retaking his perch on the House Budget Committee, the venue that launched him into the presidential campaign as Mitt Romney's running mate and which also produced the austerity blueprint that defines the Republican Party.

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  • Tordgaard 2012/11/19 19:25:34
    No
    Tordgaard
    There might be some much better choices out there in the Republican party.
  • Hopscotch 2012/11/19 19:12:08
    No
    Hopscotch
    Not if the conservatives ever want win another election again.........They could go the way of the insignificant libertarian party. Too much tea, makes you pee! conservatives win election insignificant libertarian party tea pee
  • ALofRI 2012/11/19 19:09:32
    No
    ALofRI
    But I wish he was. We'd never have to worry about them getting control of the SCOTUS again!
  • Anastasia_Frostbite 2012/11/19 18:02:36
    No
    Anastasia_Frostbite
    +2
    Unless they really want to loose the next election too, and prove that they really are that out of touch with the US citizen's
  • doofiegirl BTO-t- BCRA-F ~... 2012/11/19 12:07:30
    Yes
    doofiegirl  BTO-t- BCRA-F ~PWCM~
    +1
    If he is not, we need another like him!
  • sally 2012/11/19 09:51:22
    No
    sally
    +2
    Unless they've decided to throw in the towel.
  • taitaFalcon23 2012/11/19 04:03:37
    No
    taitaFalcon23
    they better hope not.
  • JFos 2012/11/19 03:13:47
    No
    JFos
    God- I certainly hope not......
  • LaiLaiHart 2012/11/19 03:03:44
    No
    LaiLaiHart
    +1
    how about he go back home, have his 3rd glass of wine, and shut the hell up
  • ProudProgressive 2012/11/19 02:47:24
    No
    ProudProgressive
    +2
    Much as every Democrat in America would love to have such a proven out of touch extremist with a history of lying and losing leading the increasingly irrelevant Republican Party, I can't imagine that the Republicans are quite ready to commit the ultimate political suicide just yet.

    And if anyone thinks his "political star is rising", then I wonder what psychoactive drug they took that's making them see stars.
  • Moon 2012/11/19 00:49:42
    No
    Moon
    +2
    I hope not!
  • DeeB 2012/11/19 00:41:56
    No
    DeeB
    +3
    If that's the plan then they have no future. They already lost millions for how they handled the nomination process.
  • Diddley Squat 2012/11/19 00:39:29
    No
    Diddley Squat
    +3
    I voted no. But who can say at this point? Lots will change before the next presidential election. But if he is the future of the party, Democrats should be very happy about that.

    voted lots change presidential election future party democrats happy
  • y so serious 2012/11/19 00:38:56
    No
    y so serious
    +4
    The people should be the future of the GOP, can we get that right at least, please?!
  • Grizzled Alaskan 2012/11/19 00:08:51
    No
    Grizzled Alaskan
    +2
    I would hope not. The Tea Party has changed the face of the GOP to put them totally out of touch with reality. The divide is growing and people like Ryan espouse the idea of continuing that divide. Please, GOP in the sense of being fair...find someone new.
  • llamalife44 2012/11/19 00:01:47
    Yes
    llamalife44
    +1
    hope so
  • ikeknight 2012/11/18 23:28:54
    Yes
    ikeknight
    Unfortunately he may be.
  • Marianne ☮ 2012/11/18 22:03:11
    No
    Marianne ☮
    +2
    let's hope not
  • CA Gal 2012/11/18 19:51:52
    Yes
    CA Gal
    +3
    The Tea Baggers have taken over. They keep supporting people like Ryan it will be the end of the GOP.
  • kitkat42 2012/11/18 19:15:34
    Yes
    kitkat42
    +3
    I certainly hope so.... that would be a sure win for Democrats of the future if he is!
  • Ken 2012/11/18 18:14:30
    No
    Ken
    +4
    At least I hope not. Paul Ryan is the type of stuffed shirt that started the Republicans on their path to failure. He is a professional politician. He understands polls and knows how to establish his positions based on the poll results. Unfortunately he has sold his soul for power and a pretty shirt.
  • us 2012/11/18 18:08:30
    Yes
    us
    I believe the GOP should stand by there values, personal responsibility, Yes, if people need help and we should help them but, this can only be done by people working paying taxes and helping other. I believe if you feel the Government will take of you, then you are wrong, People leave other counrty because they are under Government control,
    and they are proud to come to America. I believe America need not turn her back against GOD.
  • Kigan 2012/11/18 16:05:18
    No
    Kigan
    +2
    Unless they've just completely given up.
  • burningsnowman 2012/11/18 11:31:34 (edited)
    No
    burningsnowman
    +1
    It's too early to say. Sure he was VP, but on a ticket that lost in an electoral landslide. The GOP could just as easily pick someone like Rubio instead.
  • *K'eim*h3reg' *Peh2u *Meg' 2012/11/18 09:00:28
    Yes
    *K'eim*h3reg' *Peh2u *Meg'
    +4
    The GOP is a scumbag party. So I don't see why it won't continue to be so. OH! You meant Ryan specifically? Then NO. He's been used and abused. Credibility = 0.
  • Tedster 2012/11/18 08:32:35
    Yes
    Tedster
    +4
    As a Democrat I certainly hope so that way they'll lose again in 2016.
  • Nyretiree 2012/11/18 06:07:22
    No
    Nyretiree
    +2
    The Republican Party is a long way from being able to pick a candidate for 2016. First they have to clean up their act and
    #1 set up a platform that the people can believe in,
    #2 Somehow straighten out their immigration issues (what to do with the 11-12 million undocumented immigrants),
    #3 The women (single mom's included) have to know and believe that the candidate will support their needs and causes,
    #4 The platform has to support an expedited path to citizenship for the immigrants already here (we lost the Hispanic vote because our candidates wanted to ship them all home).

    There are just a lot of things the Republican Party needs to clean up before getting serious about a candidate.
    lost hispanic vote candidates ship home republican party clean candidate
  • RageFury Nyretiree 2012/11/18 06:49:17
    RageFury
    +2
    "undocumented immigrants"?
    Try Illegal Aliens. Honest Legal Immigrants should be offended by such "PC" nomenclature of those that game the system, while their own friends and family are denied legal entry or take decades to get here the legal way.
    What a disgrace our "PC" culture has become...
  • burning... Nyretiree 2012/11/19 22:40:32 (edited)
    burningsnowman
    +1
    There are a lot of problems with assuming #4 will help:

    1. Who is to say that Hispanics are still a potential swing bloc and not more like blacks? Obama got 75% of the Hispanic vote. In 2016, it will have been more than a decade since Republicans broke >40% with Hispanics (running on #4, but still). They could already be lost for a generation.

    2. There is the possibility that a lot of Republicans would stay home. Or less likely, vote for a third party. You can already hear people like Herman Cain talking about the latter.

    3. Even if it helps peel off enough hispanic voters to win in 2016, Republicans problems with them go beyond just their image on immigration. Unless they find other ways to appeal they will still have a demographic problem in the long run.

    4. The President (and by extension his party) get the most credit for legislation. If Obama passes amnesty, it will not matter if a large chunk of the GOP supports that. The Democrats will reap the benefits with hispanics. Just like they did with blacks when LBJ passed Civil Rights legislation with the support of moderate/liberal Republicans.
  • Nyretiree burning... 2012/11/20 00:58:10
    Nyretiree
    Great response. I'm obviously not as well versed as yourself but my point is that they have to come up with something other than "ship them all back".
  • Adam 2012/11/18 03:12:48
    No
    Adam
    +2
    He gave up his conviction to easily when it contradicted with Mitt's platform. We need a bold conservative who will not cave and compromise his values.
  • RageFury 2012/11/18 02:46:56
    No
    RageFury
    +3
    I certainly hope not. Republican Representative Paul Ryan voted for Indefinite detention when he pulled the lever for the NDAA and he pulled the lever to make the Patriot Act permanent.
    What we need are people who actually understand the Constitution to step up in the GOP...
  • HatinOnHaters ;~} 2012/11/18 02:46:54
    No
    HatinOnHaters ;~}
    +1
    the GOP has no future, civilization as we now know it will not exist in 4 more years... the scary times are here my friends and there is nothing we can do about it, except put our heads between our legs and kiss our azzzzzes good bye
  • jeepster4 2012/11/18 02:15:20
    No
    jeepster4
    +5
    Ryan doesn't realize it yet, but he is part of problem that Republicans are facing.
  • findthelight2000 2012/11/18 00:36:07
    No
    findthelight2000
    +5
    If the GOP knows what's good for it, Paul Ryan and his extremist counterparts will become a thing of the past in the not too distant future. If not they will go the way of the Whigs.
  • HatinOn... findthe... 2012/11/18 02:48:32
    HatinOnHaters ;~}
    +2
    yep you know it
  • zbacku 2012/11/18 00:33:59
    No
    zbacku
  • Hopscotch zbacku 2012/11/19 19:26:33
    Hopscotch
    What a loser.....won't even be in the running. His head isn't flat for nothing.....on second thought? loser running head flat
  • Rally 2012/11/18 00:33:39 (edited)
    No
    Rally
    +1
    Paul Ryan's biggest problem is that he is a hard ass. He undoubtedly had an authoritarian father. That bodes well if your in the Marines, or a GOP leader, but collectively Americans are not going to buy it. Just as Mitt had an inherent mean streak that started back in his childhood, and could not cover it up, Paul Ryan is not going to be able to be marketable and believable unless he faces a devastating, life changing crisis in which he faces some existential questioning. He might be appealing in Wisconsin, but not nationally.
  • Rally Rally 2012/11/18 00:34:39
    Rally
    +2
    On a superficial level, his Eddie Munster persona does not help either.
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