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Pierce writes: "I'm no fan of the current Speaker, Paul Ryan, the zombie-eyed granny starver from the state of Wisconsin, and he's transparently one of the worst legislative leaders in American history."

Representative Paul Ryan. (photo: Getty)
Representative Paul Ryan. (photo: Getty)

Let's Talk About This Alleged "Coup" Against Paul Ryan

By Charles Pierce, Esquire

08 September 17


s an observer of the successful, if eternally floundering, modern American right, I think my favorite stall on the midway is the one where everybody does constitutional cosplay, kitting themselves out mentally (and, now and then, literally) in tricorns and knee-breeches, as though they’re exhausted from a rough night knocking back fine madeira with Elbridge Gerry and Rufus King. For example, did you know that nothing in the Constitution says that the Speaker of the House of Representatives has to be an elected member of the House? So cool, right? Coolest beans there are. From The Washington Post:

Several influential House conservatives are privately plotting ways to use the legislative calendar this fall to push their hard-line agenda — including quiet discussions about possibly mounting a leadership challenge to House Speaker Paul D. Ryan. The group has gone so far as to float the idea of recruiting former House speaker Newt Gingrich or former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum as potential replacements for Ryan (R-Wis.) should there be a rebellion. The Constitution does not require that an elected member of the House serve as speaker. While the chances that a non-House member could mount a credible threat to Ryan are exceedingly slim, the fact that the group has even toyed with the idea underscores their desire to create trouble for GOP leaders if they believe their demands are not being addressed.

Baby Jesus is not so much my amigo as actually to let this happen. N. Leroy Gingrich, Definer of Civilization’s rules and leader (perhaps) of the civilizing forces, got run out of Congress on a rail by his own caucus the last time around. (Another, sturdier rail was found to carry his ego off behind him.) And Rick Santorum set standards for congressional friendlessness that were unsurpassed until the arrival of Tailgunner Ted Cruz. This dung-balloon that floated out of the Capitol on Thursday was so obviously crackers that Mark Meadows, the head of the Freedom Caucus whence the dung-balloon apparently was launched, spent most of Friday morning trying to knock it down. That this was partly a Steve Bannon production should surprise nobody. It’s exactly the kind of half-delusional, half-ham-fisted political maneuver that somebody like the last heir to House Harkonnen would try.

God knows, I’m no fan of the current Speaker, Paul Ryan, the zombie-eyed granny starver from the state of Wisconsin, and he’s transparently one of the worst legislative leaders in American history. But a small sliver of a smidgen of a piece of a slice of that is the fact that he has a choir of loons for a caucus and a vast asylum of loons for a Republican base. That somebody even came up with this idea is prima facie evidence that somebody’s tricorn is on much too tight. your social media marketing partner


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+30 # PeacefulGarden 2017-09-08 13:55
I know, it is really bad now. It really is wacko land in DC. It is kinda like our wacko president has given every wacko the green light.

Would they just go away!
+5 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2017-09-08 19:27
I agree with Pierce. Ryan is a Ayn Rand loving idiot but Gingrich and Santorum are far worse than he is. All three were incompetent and ego driven so they destoyed themselves. Or Ryan has not yet self-destructed . But he will.

So we have a coup against Trump by the Democrats and CIA. Now there is one by republicans against Ryan. Does anyone see that elections are failing to resolve the issue of leadership. Hillary. the CIA, and the Deep State have not yet accepted the results of 2016. And house republicans have not accepted the results of the election of a speaker.

Democracy in the US is over. Offices will go to the strongest and most vicious.
+2 # Caliban 2017-09-10 12:41
Not yet, #RR. Our current politics are bad, for sure, but not yet in total ruination.

Give Bernie's Social Democracy a try. You may find it rejuvenating.
+18 # Michaeljohn 2017-09-08 20:33
His tricorn is on too tight and his knickers are in a twist.
+6 # dotlady 2017-09-08 20:57
Some really appealing suggested candidates to replace Ryan- hardly worth the effort - egads.
+6 # Floridatexan 2017-09-09 09:34
This is a tacit admission that there is no one else to replace Ryan within the GOP "leadership".
+14 # longingfortruth 2017-09-09 10:40
The Freedom Caucus is an unintended consequence of gerrymandering. With gerrymandering and trump, the Republicans have chosen the agents of their own destruction. But how long will it take and what will be left of our democratic institutions? We have to fight voter suppression dirty tricks in Republican controlled states with all we've got.
+5 # DongiC 2017-09-09 13:24
it's going to be a battle between the GOP and the Democrats. Trump is tearing the nation apart. The orange bully cannot tell the truth nor does he have a sense of honor. Even nature seems to be arrayed against us. Whew, what a time phase to live in.

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