Is Paul Ryan the modern version of the “little boy who cried wolf?” Just a few months ago, our current Speaker of the House was talking about how he didn’t want to be the Speaker of the House, and now he is saying he does not want to be the GOP nominee. Is there a coincidence between the two?
It’s no secret that the GOP establishment has been hinting at a contested convention for months, and if Donald Trump does not receive the 1,237 delegates necessary to secure the nomination, the establishment might get just that. With Trump currently at 743, according to Politico’s Delegate Tracker, he needs at least 494 out of the remaining 854 delegates in order to secure the nomination.
Now, because the Republicans don’t have several hundred Superdelegates in their back pocket like the Democrats do, they would be sent to a brokered or contested convention, where the party’s nominee would be chosen “by the delegates who come to the convention, on a series of one or more ballots.”
Paul Ryan has been the rumored establishment pick, if the GOP primary is sent to a contested convention, and on Tuesday he insisted that not only does he not want to be the Republican nominee, he will not accept the nomination.
“Let me be clear—I do not want, nor will I accept, the nomination for our party,” Ryan said. “So let me speak directly to the delegates on this: If no candidate has a majority on the first ballot, I believe you should only choose a person who actually participated in the primary. Count me out. I simply believe that if you want to be the nominee—to be the president—you should actually run for it. I chose not to. Therefore, I should not be considered. Period. End of story.”
However, despite what Ryan is saying now, it does make one wonder—if he is the establishment pick, would he accept it? This entire situation sounds eerily familiar, given that Ryan made headlines last fall regarding another position he claimed he did not want.
In a list of five instances where Ryan said he was not running for Speaker of the House, Breitbart noted that from Sept. 25 to Oct. 14, 2015, Ryan told multiple media outlets that he would “not be a candidate” for Speaker.
Ryan then listed five main conditions in order to run for Speaker, which included that he must have free time to spend with his family and that everyone in the conference must vote for him. While he did gain the support of groups such as the House Freedom Caucus, they criticized and refused his terms for Speaker.
Ryan was elected as the 54th Speaker of the House on Oct. 29, 2015.
This begs the question: When Paul Ryan says he does not want to be the GOP nominee, should we take him seriously? Also, with top Republicans openly praising Ryan as a great choice for the nomination, it has to make you wonder—is he really the one they want, or will someone else be thrown into the mix if, in fact, the Republican nominee is decided by a contested convention?