Apparently to be considered a Conservative with the Tea Party/Far-Right base on the Republican Party, you have to hate Barack Obama. See him as a criminal, be willing to shut down the U.S. Government to get exactly what you want and repeal at any cost anything that the Obama Administration was able to get passed through Congress in their first two years. On policy grounds Representative Paul Ryan the most likely incoming Speaker of the House, is inline the Tea Party on 99% of the issues that they care about. But he’s more interested in tactics, vision and governing, then fighting the good fights and losing badly. Representative Ryan, is a legislature. He came to the House of Representatives to legislate and accomplish certain policy objectives. The Tea Party, is not about governing, because to govern in Washington especially in a divided government you have to work with the other party.
A Speaker of the House, who can’t work with a President of the other party, the Minority Leader of the House when controversial legislation has to be passed and they don’t have the votes to pass it on their own side, who can’t work with the Senate Leadership regardless of which party runs it, won’t be Speaker for very long. Because the job of the Speaker is to govern and not just pass legislation that gets blocked, or voted down in the Senate, or even it makes it out of the Senate and gets vetoed by the President. The Speaker, is not a political activist, but a the leader of their House Caucus and the leader of the House as well. He’s not there simply to do whatever the most vocal and active political activists in their party want to do, but to govern. And again if your party doesn’t control the presidency, you have to work with the other party in order to do that.
Paul Ryan, by far in a way is the best candidate for Speaker that House Republicans have. Wouldn’t be my choice for Speaker as a Democrat, but just at the House Republican side right now, I’m not sure they have anyone who comes close. Paul Ryan, doesn’t need the Tea Party, or to be a member of the House. Doesn’t want to be President, or run for the Senate, or even Governor of Wisconsin. There are plenty of other jobs that he could be doing in Washington, or back home in Wisconsin. Unlike John Boehner, he doesn’t need the House Republican Conference. But they need him if they want to be looked at as a responsible governing party again. That can take two steps forward without stepping on one of their own toes. Or put their gun back in their holster without shooting off one of their toes. A Speaker Paul Ryan, would mean that the House could function again and that Congress could function again. Because the Senate would know there’s now an adult in charge of the House.