|I'll run for Speaker if Republicans work with me!|
The insurgents who make up the Freedom Caucus vow to derail any Republican willing to work with President Barack Obama.
Some of the candidates running for Weeper of the House include: Rep. Daniel Webster (R-FL) and Rep. Jason Chaffettz (R-UT). They are running for the spot now that Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) left abruptly. He vows to leave Congress before the end of the year.
The turmoil began when Boehner's handpicked successor Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) screwed up on that annoying conservative agitator's show. He told the viewers that the Benghazi select committee was devoted to destroying Hillary Clinton at the polls. That created a shit storm within the party.
Before McCarthy was to place his bid in, he abruptly took his name out the running. Allegations of ineptness and an affair with Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC) have swirled around the grapevine.
McCarthy is now fighting to stay on as Majority Leader.
Now the next handpicked candidate for the job, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI).
Ryan is the former 2012 vice presidential nominee for the perennial loser Mitt Romney. The Wisconsin lawmaker is from Janesville and became a "rock star" during the debate over the debt ceiling.
Ryan kept a relatively low profile after the crushing defeat. He hasn't spoken much to Romney.
Ryan chairs the House Ways and Means Committee.
Ryan isn't really interested in the gig but is willing to do so for the sake of the party. The consideration of Ryan becoming the next Weeper has the junk food media talking.
The other candidates, nearly a dozen, all lack Ryan's stature and broad support and it's not clear if any of them could gather the needed backing to become speaker.
Look what the conservative Craigslist posted today.
KING PAUL: PLEDGE YOUR ALLEGIANCE TO ME...
DO IT BY FRIDAY...
HE'S A DEM FAVORITE...
OBAMA'S NEW PARTNER...
'F' conservative rating...
WANTS TO SCRAP THOMAS JEFFERSON'S RULE...
With the speculation of Ryan jumping in, conservatives are crying foul. They believe that Ryan is a "loser" and too cozy with Boehner. The outgoing Minority Leader, Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) had praised Ryan for being a leader that could help move America forward.
They think he's soft on immigration and entitlement reform.
Ryan is a fiscal and social conservative.
Ryan wants a plurality of support from Republicans. He doesn't want no obstruction. He wants the Republicans to suck it up and help move the government forward.
Ryan made clear that family comes first and said he would be spending less time on the road than Boehner, who traveled nearly every weekend raising money for the party. Ryan, by contrast, has three school-age kids in Janesville, and wants to be able to continue to spend plenty of time with them.
"I genuinely worry about the consequences that my agreeing to serve will have on them. Will they experience the viciousness and incivility that we all face here on a daily basis?" Ryan said. "But my greatest worry, my greatest worry is the consequence of not stepping up, of someday having my own kids ask me, 'When the stakes were so high, why didn't you do all you could do, why didn't you stand and fight for my future?' "
Any thoughts on Ryan's potential run for the Weeper of the House?