RYAN: I decided to not comment between the election and the inauguration because I wanted to see what kind of path and trajectory he was putting his administration on; and all of the statements and all of the comments lead me to believe that he’s thinking more of a political conquest than political compromise, and that’s my concern.”
Congressman Paul Ryan’s been noticeably (and it seems intentionally) silent since the election in November. Because of that, many have been wondering what posture post-defeat Ryan would take as he moves into the second term of President Obama and positions himself for future ambitions. While a Sunday interview with David Gregory is hardly the place to gauge and determine such things, it does appear that this Ryan plans to look and sound a lot like the old one.
Paul Ryan on Meet the Press talks entitlements, makers and takers: We don’t want a dependency culture. We want a safety net that makes sure people don’t fall through the cracks; that gets people on their feet. People want the American Dream. They want lives of opportunity. They want to reach their potential. Our concern in this country is with the idea that more and more able-bodied Americans are becoming dependent upon the government than themselves for their livelihoods. We want to make sure we don’t continue that trend…
Tennessee Senator Bob Corker made headlines Sunday morning when he told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos that he has questions about Chuck Hagel’s “overall temperament” and whether he’s “suited to run a big entity like the Pentagon.” Hagel, who has been tapped by President Obama to be the next Secretary of Defense, has a wide array of skeptics lining up for a turn at having “questions” of their own answered by the former Nebraska Senator. When you have the Jewish community, the Gay and Lesbian Community, a substantial chunk of the Dem-controlled Senate, and pretty much all of the conservative Right questioning your selection, you’re probably not on a smooth track to confirmation.
It’s been roughly 12 hours since Ohio went blue last night. And let me tell you, it’s been a long twelve hours. But like all things in life, this too shall pass. While today feels like just the first of many long days to come over the course of the next four years, I am confident tomorrow will bring a new reason for optimism. Okay, maybe not tomorrow tomorrow, but soon.
ABC, NBC, CNN, and Fox News are projecting that the GOP will retain control of the House of Representatives. While it is certainly not a surprise result, it is nice to see that the worst-case scenario result of the night would be status quo. It also raises big questions about Nancy Pelosi’s future as Minority Leader. Remember, she promised to retake the House this election cycle. A solid thumping and an Obama win could spell bye-bye for Nancy.
Bob Corker is projected to win his re-election bid over disavowed Democrat Mark Clayton according to Fox News, ABC, and NBC with just a fraction of the polling stations reporting. Corker appears to be winning in a landslide – a result less than surprising to anyone following this race. Controversial statements made by his opponents that were characterized as “anti-gay” led to Clayton being all but ignored by the DNC.
New York’s Daily News – a paper that endorsed Barack Obama in 2008 – says Governor Mitt Romney is the choice for 2012. Citing promises of hope unfulfilled, a record of miscalculations and missed opportunities, a total disregard for bipartisanship, and a commitment to the “presidential imperative of the times” – to energize the economy and get deficits under control to empower the working and middle classes to again enjoy the fruits of an ascendant America – the paper’s editorial board said they were “compelled” to stand with Mitt Romney.