Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) bummed out the desperate GOP yesterday when he told the clamoring hordes panting for him to ride in and rescue the party from certain disaster that he’s not going to let himself become the nominee no matter how much they beg him.
“Let me be clear: I do not want, nor will I accept the Republican nomination,” Ryan said. “I am not going to be our party’s nominee.”
Ryan said he was aware of “more speculation” that someone not currently running would be the GOP nominee during his recent trip to the Middle East. But he said his role in the House is too critical to allow such rumors to continue.
“We have too much work to do in the House to allow this speculation swirl or have my motivations questioned,” he said. “As Speaker of the House, I believe I have not just an opportunity, but an obligation to advance [the] debate.”
Oh, yes, the House is SO busy doing… well… repealing Obamacare for the 5,735th time and re-naming a post office in Peshabestown, Michigan, for Elmer Lipshitz, the inventor of the bingo card dab-a-dot marker.
My guess is that Mr. Ryan took a good look at the cobra/mongoose act going on in the primaries and thought, wisely, “Uh-huh, ain’t gonna dip my toe into that morass.” He’s going to wait until after the dust has settled next year and then quietly start to build up an organization for him to run in 2020. Bet money on it.