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Ryan clears path for Cantor to succeed Speaker Boehner
« on: January 25, 2014, 04:46:15 PM »
http://thehill.com/homenews/house/196411-ryan-clears-path-for-cantor-speakership

Ryan clears path for Cantor to succeed Speaker Boehner

By Molly K. Hooper - 01/25/14 12:08 PM EST

Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) has cleared the way for Eric Cantor (R-Va.) to succeed John Boehner as the next Speaker.

Ryan this week said he's not interested in becoming Speaker, preferring to head the influential Ways and Means Committee in 2015. Boehner has repeatedly said he's not retiring at the end of this Congress, but that hasn't tamped down speculation that the Ohio Republican is considering retirement.

The Hill recently surveyed dozens of Republicans in the House and the consensus was that the only lawmaker who could defeat Cantor is Ryan.

The wonky Budget Committee chairman, however, said Thursday that he does not want to be Speaker. Ryan is expected to lead the Ways and Means next year, with few expecting the 2012 vice presidential nominee to launch a White House bid.

Cantor has a better shot at the top House spot for a number of reasons, according to political science professor Jack Pitney.

They include: "Having been a member of the leadership for several years now, establishing national name identification, being able to raise money, showing that he can excel at both the inside game and the outside game, according to Pitney, who teaches at Claremont McKenna College.

Cantor has already raised more than $5 million for the 2013-2014 cycle, and has more than $2 million cash on hand between his personal campaign fund and his leadership PAC called Every Republican is Crucial (ERIC), according to the federal election money tracking website Opensecrets.org.

Cantor has had a seat at the GOP leadership table since then-House Majority Whip Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) selected him to be chief deputy whip in 2002. That has helped him foster relationships with many in the GOP conference.

A source close to Cantor said the Richmond-area lawmaker is a “patient man,” and has built a strong team that could take the reins if and when the job of Speaker is open.

In addition, Cantor is a Jewish GOP lawmaker — a rarity in the party. As the No. 1-ranking Republican, he could serve as a symbol of inclusion.

“For a party struggling with diversity to have the first Republican Jewish Speaker would be a tremendous step forward, signal to minorities — religious minorities — that the Republican Party is not only welcoming, but willing to promote anyone with talent regardless of their religion, or race or gender,” a GOP leadership aide told The Hill.

That possibility may be a long way off, however, the source added, noting that Boehner is not showing any signs of slowing down in a job that requires a lot of energy and time away from home.

Ryan last week cited the time it takes to be Speaker for not wanting to seek the position. With three young children back home in Janesville, Wis., Ryan said he relishes the time he spends with his family.

A Ryan vs. Cantor showdown for Speaker would have been awkward because they have long been political allies.

Should Boehner retire, it's quite likely that Cantor would be challenged in his bid for the Speakership. But with Ryan out of the way, Cantor would be the favorite — assuming Republicans don't lose control of the House.

Other Republicans who have been mentioned as a potential Boehner successors include Reps. Jeb Hensarling (Texas), Tom Price (Ga.) and Tom Cole (Okla.).

Cantor's office declined to comment for this article.

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Re: Ryan clears path for Cantor to succeed Speaker Boehner
« Reply #1 on: January 26, 2014, 07:11:08 PM »
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The Hill recently surveyed dozens of Republicans in the House and the consensus was that the only lawmaker who could defeat Cantor is Ryan.

What about Lee? Doesn't this vote strictly go by senority?

Is Cantor a dem-lite like the rest?
"The Tea Party has a right to feel cheated.

When does the Republican Party, put in the majority by the Tea Party, plan to honor its commitment to halt the growth of the Federal monolith and bring the budget back into balance"?

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Re: Ryan clears path for Cantor to succeed Speaker Boehner
« Reply #2 on: January 26, 2014, 07:19:27 PM »
Is Cantor a dem-lite like the rest?

Yes
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Re: Ryan clears path for Cantor to succeed Speaker Boehner
« Reply #3 on: January 26, 2014, 07:20:49 PM »
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Other Republicans who have been mentioned as a potential Boehner successors include Reps. Jeb Hensarling (Texas), Tom Price (Ga.) and Tom Cole (Okla.).


Anyone have an updated list of the tea party caucus?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tea_Party_Caucus#Members.2C_112th_and_113th_Congresses
"The Tea Party has a right to feel cheated.

When does the Republican Party, put in the majority by the Tea Party, plan to honor its commitment to halt the growth of the Federal monolith and bring the budget back into balance"?

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Re: Ryan clears path for Cantor to succeed Speaker Boehner
« Reply #4 on: January 26, 2014, 07:31:20 PM »
Yes

Tom Price of Georgia is a tea party caucus member.  I think there are more in the tea party caucus than in the link I posted. It needs updated.

Rubio. He got to DC on the tea party coat-tail and then refused to caucus upon arrival. The elites got to him. Look for the GOP Elite dems to pimp out Rubio with Cathy Rogers as VP.
"The Tea Party has a right to feel cheated.

When does the Republican Party, put in the majority by the Tea Party, plan to honor its commitment to halt the growth of the Federal monolith and bring the budget back into balance"?

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Re: Ryan clears path for Cantor to succeed Speaker Boehner
« Reply #5 on: January 26, 2014, 09:39:20 PM »
I sincerely pray we don't lose another election because we have been divided and conquered..

I guess we should be comforted in the fact Boehner said on Leno he agrees with the tea party 90% of the time.

I am not comforted. It is beyond politics anymore, we are talking bank runs and collapse if they retain power.
"The Tea Party has a right to feel cheated.

When does the Republican Party, put in the majority by the Tea Party, plan to honor its commitment to halt the growth of the Federal monolith and bring the budget back into balance"?

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Re: Ryan clears path for Cantor to succeed Speaker Boehner
« Reply #6 on: January 27, 2014, 01:10:21 AM »
What about Lee? Doesn't this vote strictly go by senority?

Is Cantor a dem-lite like the rest?

Cantor had a 0% rating from NARAL in 2012 and 100% rating from National Right to Life in 2012
He had a 74% rating from the National Taxpayers Union and a 0% rating from Service Employees International Union (SEIU) in 2012
The National Association of Manufactures gave him 100% and the National Education Association gave him a 0% in 2012
The American Conservative Union scored him 95% in 2012 Americans for Democratic Action gave him a 0% in 2012
NRA and Gun Owners of America gave him 100% ratings in 2012
Planned Parenthood Action Fund gave him a 0% in 2013
NumbersUSA rated him 100% in 2013 on Reduce Amnesty Enticements, Reduce Illegal Jobs and Presence, and Reduce Visa Lottery
In 2012 he was endorsed by the Campaign for Working Families
However the John Birch society only gave him a 60% in 2013

So he's a RINO.
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Re: Ryan clears path for Cantor to succeed Speaker Boehner
« Reply #7 on: January 27, 2014, 01:15:24 AM »
I sincerely pray we don't lose another election because we have been divided and conquered..

I guess we should be comforted in the fact Boehner said on Leno he agrees with the tea party 90% of the time.

I am not comforted. It is beyond politics anymore, we are talking bank runs and collapse if they retain power.
It was the unbridled optimism of the American spirit that first attracted me to conservatism.
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Re: Ryan clears path for Cantor to succeed Speaker Boehner
« Reply #8 on: January 27, 2014, 08:25:50 AM »
It was the unbridled optimism of the American spirit that first attracted me to conservatism.
That died when Obama got re-elected.
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Re: Ryan clears path for Cantor to succeed Speaker Boehner
« Reply #9 on: January 27, 2014, 02:36:42 PM »
Obama is going to use the EO from now on. Cantor and the rest of them will be just figure heads getting paid very well from now on. Obama will get his undocumented democrats too. We are done put a fork in us. This country died the night they re-elected him **nononono*



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