BREAKING: House Freedom Caucus Will Not Endorse Ryan 

Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, following meetings with House Republican leaders and the Freedom Caucus members. Ryan seeking unity in a place it's rarely found, is telling House Republicans he will serve as their speaker only if they embrace him by week's end as their consensus candidate. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Elaina Plott reports: House Freedom Caucus members confirmed that they were not able to reach the 80% threshold required to endorse Paul Ryan for Speaker.

“Paul is a policy entrepreneur who has developed conservative reforms dealing with a wide variety of subjects, and he has promised to be an ideas-focused speaker who will advance limited-government principles and devolve power to the membership.”

— the caucus said in its statement

Representative Raul Labrador called it a “supermajority support” for Ryan. “We were not able to reach a consensus” on an official endorsement, he told reporters, but added that “two thirds of the caucus will be voting” for a Ryan speakership….(read more)

Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, left, and Freedom Caucus members Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., center, and Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, walk on Wednesday from the U.S. Capitol to the Longworth House Office Building in Washington. (Carolyn Kaster/AP)

Chair of the Freedom Caucus Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, left, walks with fellow Freedom Caucus members, Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., center, and Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, fright, from the Capitol to the Longworth House Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., seeking unity in a place it’s rarely found, is telling House Republicans he will serve as their speaker only if they embrace him by week’s end as their consensus candidate. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

‘Supermajority’ of House Freedom Caucus to back Paul Ryan’s speaker bid

Mike DeBonis and Robert Costa report:

...The Freedom Caucus met with Ryan for an hour in the Capitol earlier in the day. Many of its members had balked at the conditions Ryan attached to his decision to serve as speaker, and the meeting represented their first chance to question him directly on his intentions.

The meeting broke up without resolution, setting up a high-stakes decision for a group that played a key role in easing the current speaker, John A. Boehner, into retirement and blocking Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s bid to succeed him….(read more)


Rep. Paul Ryan, center, arrives for a House GOP conference meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington on Wednesday. PHOTO: EVAN VUCCI/ASSOCIATED PRESS

House Freedom Caucus Offers Support But Not Endorsement for Paul Ryan

The Wall Street Journal reports:

…Members of the Freedom Caucus said their offer of support—less-resounding than what Mr. Ryan had sought—thrusts the decision back on Mr. Ryan, who has been publicly reluctant to take the job.

“Paul Ryan needs to decide now what he’s going to do,” Mr. Labrador said. “He’s got to decide whether that’s sufficient for him.”

Mr. Labrador also noted that the caucus had not agreed to a series of conditions Mr. Ryan had set, but declined to say which of the Wisconsin Republican’s demands had triggered the most concern. 

In a statement released Wednesday night, the group praised Mr. Ryan, who met with them earlier Wednesday. Read the rest of this entry »

Not Over Easy: Border Crisis Scrambling the Politics of Immigration Policy

For the The Washington PostKaren Tumulty and David Nakamura report: Until now, the politics of immigration have been *seen as a no-lose proposition for President Obama and the Democrats. If they could get a comprehensive overhaul passed, they would win. And if Republicans blocked it, the GOP would further alienate crucial Hispanic and Obama&Eggs2moderate voters.

“Seen as” means “seen as, by the president’s supporters, senior White House staff , and Democrat-leaning members of the press”

— The Butcher

But with the current crisis on the Southwest border, where authorities have apprehended tens of thousands of unaccompanied Central American children since October, that calculus may be shifting.

“He can’t even go 242 miles to the Texas border? Border community leaders want to see him down there on the border.”

— Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Tex.)

Republicans and even some Democrats have accused Obama of being insufficiently engaged in a calamity that many say he should have seen coming.

And the president’s own party is deeply divided over what must be done now — particularly on the sensitive question of deporting children who have traveled thousands of miles and turned themselves in to U.S. authorities to escape from the desperate situations they faced in countries such as Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.

The emergency has also renewed questions about the administration’s competence, reminiscent of those raised during the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, last year’s botched rollout of the health-care law and more recent revelations of mismanagement that jeopardized care of patients at veterans hospitals. Read the rest of this entry »

It’s Official: Obama Goes Full Bulworth


President Obama’s behavior and verbal petulance is now opening him up to ridicule…a dangerous place for a president

For National Review OnlineJohn Fund writes: Members of the White House press corps are rarely puzzled the way they are about President Obama right now.  As Juliet Eilperin of the Washington Post put it: “What exactly is going on with the leader of the free world?”

Dan Pfeiffer claim: The White House is willing to endure “some short-term press turbulence” for the larger goal of letting the president roam where he wishes.

To all appearances, Obama has gone rogue. For example, his speeches have become snappish and undignified. “So sue me,” was Obama’s response to Congressional complaints that he has exceeded his executive power, even though the Supreme Court has unanimously slapped him down on that front a total of 13 times in the last two years.


Aides are putting a happy face on their boss going “rogue”

Obama’s frustration with Congress also isn’t designed to win him any leverage on Capitol Hill: ”Sometimes I feel like saying to these guys, ‘I’m the guy doing my job. You must be the other guy.’”

Angry black woman: Are you sayin’ the Democratic Party don’t care about the African-American community?

Bulworth: Isn’t that OBVIOUS? You got half your kids are out of work and the other half are in jail. Do you see ANY Democrat doing anything about it? Certainly not me! So what’re you gonna do, vote Republican? Come on! Come on, you’re not gonna vote Republican!

Bulworth (1998)

At the same time that Obama is lashing out at his critics, he is appearing increasingly detached when it comes to the crisis on the Mexican border. During a visit to Denver for a political fundraiser last week, he was captured in photo ops shooting pool, having a beer with strangers, and shaking hands with a guy wearing a horse mask. The next day he visited Texas, where he dismissed calls for him to visit the border by claiming he didn’t do photo ops.


“The only way we’ll ever get President Obama to visit the border is to have the Democratic National Committee hold a fundraiser there.”

— Reince Priebus

Democratic Representative Henry Cuellar, who represents the border city of Laredo, was withering in his criticism. Read the rest of this entry »

[VIDEO] Andrea Mitchell: Why Does The White House Have Their Feet in Cement?

“It seems as though they are always reacting to the VA, to this crisis, to that crisis, rather than anticipating that this was developing along the border.”

…Mitchell asked Bloomberg’s Jeanne Cummings whether the administration had underestimated the political significance of the issue, accusing Obama of a reactive nature to every scandal and problem. Colleague Chuck Todd made a near-verbatim argument on Morning Joe Wednesday, and Cummings agreed with Mitchell’s assessment.

The Free Beacon

Byron York’s Analysis: Obama Has Wrong Prescription for Border Crisis


U.S. Border Patrol agents are swept by dust from a helicopter while tracking drug smugglers through the Sonoran Desert  in  Arizona, near the U.S.-Mexico border. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

For the Washington ExaminerByron York writes:  What, exactly, is President Obama going to do about the flood of unaccompanied children illegally crossing the southwestern border into the United States? So far, the White House has given many clues but few details, and when the president took to the Rose Garden to make a statement Monday, he spent nearly all his time talking not about the growing crisis but about his plan to make an end run around Congress on the broader issue of immigration reform.


“The problem is that under current law, once those kids come across the border, there’s a system in which we’re supposed to process them, take care of them, until we can send them back. It’s a lengthy process.”

— President Obama

There are moves the president could make that would greatly reduce the flood of children from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador into Texas. But passing a comprehensive immigration reform bill is not one of them.

In the Rose Garden, Obama blamed the current “humanitarian crisis” on the U.S. immigration system. The children crossing the border “are being apprehended,” the president said, “but the problem is that our system is so broken, so unclear, that folks don’t know what the rules are.”

Photo credit: Breitbart Texas

Photo credit: Breitbart Texas

“Every child that is here today — I cannot imagine, at least under this administration, them being removed.”

— GOP Hill aide who works on the issue

It would be more accurate to say the problem is that American law and Obama administration policy make it extremely difficult for the U.S. to send the unaccompanied children home to Central America. The parents and other family members who send the children know that and believe, correctly, that there is a very good chance the children will be able to stay in the United States permanently.


“We ought to have the same protocols that we have for Mexico and Canada for the Central American countries. Forty-eight hours — we should return them.”

— Texas Rep. Henry Culler

If the House passed the Gang of Eight bill today, and the president signed it into law, that problem would not be fixed. Read the rest of this entry »