Conservatives are revving up support for Trey Gowdy.
Heck, some of them wanted him to get the job as speaker two years ago. Political Clown Parade was among them.
Gowdy says he does not want the job, but it is not up to him.
It is up to President Trump. It is his party now, and he gets to pick the speaker.
Oh, I know that's not exactly how it works and a lot of politics in Washington is herding kittens. But President Trump has been playing politicians like LeBron plays basketball -- only for a far longer time.
From North Crane:
With overwhelming bipartisan support, Mr. Gowdy consistently challenges top leadership in D.C. Several dozen representatives have stated that they would be more happy with Gowdy than Ryan.
Given Gowdy’s position regarding RyanCare and the growing rift in Congress, Ryan may be ousted in coming weeks.Ryancare united a divided party. Everybody hated it. Moderates. Conservatives. Tea partiers.
The Washington Establishment woke up this morning wondering what happened to its relevance. The man they raised from a graduate of Miami of Ohio in 1992 to House speaker a quarter-century later is totally lost.
He does not even control the House calendar. The president does. The president called that vote. The president humiliated Ryan and the men who groomed him for the job.
Jeb Bush nods.
Marco Rubio nods.
Ted Cruz nods.
Hillary Clinton nods.
Watch out, Mitch McConnell.
Matthew Boyle at Breitbart News said a change in speakers is likely. He did not mention a replacement.
Many allies of the president and several White House officials over the weeks since have confirmed to Breitbart News that the president is concerned that Ryan may not have his — or his agenda’s — best interests at heart. Ryan’s failure to deliver the votes on healthcare cement Trump’s skepticism of Ryan, they say.
“This is another example of the staff not serving the president well and the weakness of the Paul Ryan speakership,” a source close to President Trump told Breitbart News. “This calls into question once again the speaker’s commitment to supporting Donald Trump and his agenda.”
“Speaker Ryan proved today that he does not have the best interests of the President at heart,” said another source close to the president. “He sold out the president and showed his word can be taken with a grain of salt. There is only one course of action that should be taken to move past this catastrophe and that is the swift removal of Paul Ryan from the speakership.”
White House sources tell Breitbart News that the president is very frustrated with Ryan and feels that he has saved him multiple times already. After the election in November, it was widely reported that there were enough Republican votes to remove Ryan as Speaker — and the only reason conservatives kept him is that Trump won the election and embraced Ryan. But now Trump may perceive Ryan as a burden rather than someone who can help enact his agenda.Trump has no use for losers. He kicked to the curb two campaign managers before settling on Kellyanne Conway (his first choice by the way, but she turned him down in June 2015). Mike Flynn didn't last long either.
So I am pretty sure Ryan is going.
I hope Gowdy replaces him. He's not a lifer, having swept into office in the Tea Party Rebellion in 2010, which saw Republicans gain a historic 63 seats (most in 64 years).
Gowdy earned the public's trust. One example is that when a state budget crisis called for cuts to his office as 7th Circuit Solicitor, he offset the cuts with money from his campaign account so his employees would not have to take unpaid furloughs.
Yes, that's a guy I want as speaker.
We shall see what happens.
But we do know that six months ago, Paul Ryan washed his hands of Donald Trump after the Billy Bush tape emerged.
Now the House may wash its hands of Paul Ryan.
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