There’s one thing that doesn’t ring true about the story being spun of Ryan’s Hamlet-like vacillation about whether to accept a virtual draft for the Speakership.
Ryan has given two main reasons for his so-far-as-yet-publicly saying no to the job:
1. He feels that he can be of more value to the country as head of Ways and Means. There’s some merit to that argument. Being Speaker is akin to herding cats, but on the other side of the argument, if you have a top-down leadership in the House, then it doesn’t matter that much whatever the committees do.
2. He has said that he worries that the responsibilities and demands of the job, especially the near continual travel, would keep him apart from his young kids. Everyone is giving Ryan an out for this reason, and praising him to the skies.Yes, absolutely it would cut down on his family time, and Ryan is to be commended for putting his family first…..IF THAT IS INDEED THE CASE
However, in 2012, [mc_name name=’Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’R000570′ ] was the GOP candidate for Vice President, and had he been elected he would have found himself travelling a great deal more than as Speaker, and with far more travel overseas.
Yet that did not in any way keep Ryan from accepting the nomination. In fact, 4 years ago..the three Ryan children were well, a lot younger…and a lot more work. OK, all you moms….chime in. Would you rather have your husband around to help you with three kids when they were 12, 10, and 9; or when they were 8, 6, and 5?
I’m not knocking Ryan here, just saying let’s unpack his statement.
Sometimes the best way to get something..is to pretend you really don’t want it, or need it. That could be a date, or a job promotion.
Ryan, if he ends up with 218+ House Republicans all but begging him to take the job, will be able to demand, and get… a lot, as his conditions for doing so.