How about that new speaker? Paul Ryan officially made Speaker of the US House today.

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Paul Ryan was elected speaker today. As related in the New York Times:

Mr. Ryan received a comfortable margin of victory that included several of the hard-line conservatives who had worked to oust Mr. Boehner. In his address to Congress after the vote, he implored members who have been fighting so bitterly to find a way to work together. “Let’s be frank, the House is broken,” Mr. Ryan said. “We are not settling scores,” he added, “we are wiping the slate clean.”

His ascent was a generational transition as well. Mr. Boehner, 65, came into the job a seasoned leader who tried to appease the Tea Party members whose electoral victories helped usher Republicans into the majority.

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3 Replies to “How about that new speaker? Paul Ryan officially made Speaker of the US House today.”

  1. Anonymous

    Ryan had better come through on a change in how Boehner ceded power to the Democrats; if he doesn’t, Noem is going to be getting a heck of a lot of phone calls from me. Ryan doesn’t give me confidence yet as he voted for the budget debacle so that he could start with his “clean slate” on the backs of the taxpayers.

    I think the moderates need to realize that the country needs strong medicine to undue the sickness of the last 7 years of a socialist president and a do-nothing Republican house and senate-yes, do nothing. If Boehner and McConnell had any testicular fortitude they could have done some good things and kept Obama’s idiocy in check, but they are both power hungry and have no guts or integrity.

    Isn’t about time that Thune and Rounds did something about Mitch? McConnell is to the Senate what Boehner was to the House, and I would like to see him dethroned.

  2. Anderbilt

    Boehner had many fine moments and accomplishments in his long series of party leadership positions. McConnell’s leadership of the Senate has been unquestionably awful across the board. They’re not comparable.