45 Republicans vote against Paul Ryan nomination

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The Republicans have nominated Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) for Speaker of the House with only 200 of 245 votes.

Those 45 members are enough to block him from getting the Speakership during the partisan floor vote on Thursday — if the 45 GOP legislators maintain their opposition, and if Ryan is not aided by a last-minute bloc of Democratic votes.

During the closed-door conference, Ryan won just 200 votes for the nomination. Former Florida House Speaker Rep. Daniel Webster (R-FL) earned a whopping 43 votes. Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) — who isn’t officially running for Speaker — received one vote. House Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), who dropped out of the Speakership race a couple weeks ago, got one vote as well.

The failure on Ryan’s part to win 218 votes—the threshold for anyone to win the Speakership on the House floor assuming every member of the House is present and voting for a person—is a major embarrassment on his part.

If those who opposed Ryan in this Republican vote maintain that opposition when the whole House votes, the only way Ryan can become Speaker is if he gets Democratic votes. If that happens than either he won’t become Speaker or the Republican Party faces a breakup.

Based on recent events with the budget deal, it might make sense for some of these fake conservatives in the Republican Party to admit their real loyalty and join the Democrats. The conservatives would then probably lose control of Congress, but at least we would know where people honestly stood.

One comment

  • Phill O

    Consider this; the left will not compromise so the right is the side that always compromises to get things done. Being able to work across the aisle is touted as good, but it means the right always has to compromise. The things John B. indicates he won on against the Dems were all small ticket items. The stuff that really matters, they have caved on. When one governs on the right (things that are good for the country) one loses power as seen in Canada with Stephen Harper in the past election. Why? Basic personal greed! Folk will always vote for the things that matter to them, not the good of the country. The politicians know this and their motivation is power. In order to keep power, they will give people stuff.

    Those who look out for the country’s good are looking at long term benefit to themselves. In a healthy economy, there are jobs and people have buying power. One can run a viable business within a country when people have buying power.

    I am somewhat surprised at how quickly Ryan bought into the Washington power grab.

    What we are seeing is worldwide. Remember the French revolution; we are seeing something similar in that the masses are voting for what they can get for themselves. Greece is a good example of this and that there is no compromise by the masses.

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