But as I thought about it the other day, particularly now that he is being considered for Speaker of the House and has issued a page of demands, I think I've found the answer. No matter how sound and honest you are, if you stay in Washington too long, you yearn for power and what comes with it. But with Ryan it's even more dramatic, because he has indicated that he will accept the Speaker's nomination if they guarantee that he will win by coming together and that they give him weekends off so he can jet off to Wisconsin to spend time with his family.
Look, I get that the Congressman wants to spend time with his family, but our liberal opposition works around the clock to get what they want and the Republicans just cave and cave and cave because they can't do the heavy lifting. And we all know that the Speaker position requires hard work and travel and it would appear that Ryan isn't interested in that. Plus, and this is the big one, there's that amnesty thing and willingness to give Obama what he wants with a bloated budget. He has even appeared with the likes of Luis Guitierrez, a man who will do absolutely anything to swell the American land with illegals who will be a huge drain on our economy. And think about this; Gutierrez, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid have all endorsed his candidacy. That seems like the kiss of death to me.
Now that the conservative Freedom Caucus in the GOP has given a luke warm okay to Ryan, it appears that he is likely to be the next Speaker. If so, I hope he fools me. If he listens to the mood of Republican constituents through their elected representatives, he could do a good job in fighting for sound budgets and actions, something John Boehner never did. But if he gets enamored with the position, and his demands make it seem that he very well could, then we will be no better off than we were with Big John.
Ryan is bright, an attractive young man and he could be a great leader. But there is a big if, and the if is this: a big leader of what? Will he opt for the will of the people or the will of the Chamber of Commerce who he has clearly been supportive of in the past. The answer to that will determine the future of the Republican Party, for if it turns its back on the base, it will surely die an agonizing death.