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May 23, 2011


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Ricardo's Ghost

The GOP know they do not want to get tagged as the party who wants to rip up Medicare, and many Republican leaders are already distancing themselves from Ryan's plan. Nominating him for President would undo all of that, sink Republican chances in House and Senate races, and fail to win the White House.

The other danger is that the Biden talks produce a compromise on the budget, and then the entire purpose of a Ryan candidacy is lost.

And on top of all that running for President means he'll have to exit the House, so if you're a Paul Ryan fan, asking him to run for President is in effect asking him to exit national politics. Not wise.


Why is ConHome supporting the Republican party? They are no Tories and in the main are completely bonkers.


Veteran - you may be looking for ConHome UK. This is the ConHome USA site where we cover the GOP.

Ricardo's Ghost

ConHome isn't a Tory site, it's a conservative one.

Us Brits may find American politics bizarre from the outside but:
- British politics looks pretty bizarre from the outside too (with PMQs, the House of Lords, and MPs like Dennis Skinner, Anthony Beaumont-Dark, Boris Johnson etc.)
- Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann may lack gravitas, but we had John Prescott as our Deputy Prime Minister for a decade
- the GOP actually covers a wide field: with right-on social conservatives like Rick Santorum and Sam Brownback on the hand, through to more moderate characters like Jon Huntsman and Olympia Snowe.


Ryan's Out too.

PAUL RYAN: “I’m not running for president, I’m not planning on running for president … My plan is to be a good chairman of the House Budget Committee and fight for the fiscal sanity of this nation.”


HYUFD - just to be clear: Daniels, Thune, Pence, Huckabee, Barbour have all issued official statements. Ryan has not, neither has Christie. Denying you're running on a news show is an old political practice that is often contradicted later. This is part of the reason we'll keep Christie and Ryan in our tracking poll, and also why I can see supporting a draft effort for either of them at this point.

Mark in Coventry

Ricardo's Ghost: Sir Anthony Beaumont-Dark ceased to be an MP in 1992 and passed away in 2006, not sure he was the best example to give.

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