The Corner

‘Not Right Now’

Last night Paul Ryan was on Special Report. When I saw him in the green room, I told him that I wanted them to play “Hail to the Chief” when he walked in. I won’t repeat what he said in response, but there was eye-rolling and a wry discussion of my “Run,, Paul Ryan, Run” column. Nonetheless, when asked on camera if he would consider running for president he never said no.

This morning, Bill Kristol writes in part:

So the door is ajar—not “right now,” but after the summer, and if no one else is able to show the kind and quality of leadership that’s needed.

Meanwhile, Ryan Streeter, on his fine website Conservative Home, has a petition where people can sign up to urge Paul Ryan to run for president.

It would be a great and fitting irony if the victory of Democratic scare tactics in NY-26 spooks other Republicans into backing off from bold deficit reform and reduction plans, which in turn forces Ryan into the presidential race—ultimately the Democrats’ worst nightmare.

Meanwhile, in my column today, I make the case that the GOP cannot run away from the Ryan plan, but must also go on offense.

Most Popular

White House

Rachel Maddow’s Turnberry Tale

To a certain kind of Rachel Maddow viewer, there are few more titillating preludes to a news segment than the one she delivered Monday: “If you have not seen it yet, you are going to want to sit down.” Maddow’s story began, as many of her stories do, with President Trump, this time focused on his hotel ... Read More

The Problem with Pete Buttigieg

In a 2018 midterm election that didn’t give Republicans a lot to laugh about, one development that no doubt left them smiling was watching progressives across the country donate $80 million to Beto O’Rourke, in a Texas Senate race that was always going to be a steep uphill climb. Democratic party leaders can ... Read More