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Nov 18, 201503:07 PMBlaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

Draft Paul Ryan for president

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Of the current herd of candidates, I support Marco Rubio. Is it possible that the Republican nominee will be none of the above?

Not since Eisenhower has the office sought the man, but maybe this is the year. Paul Ryan did not want the most powerful job in Congress, second in line for the presidency. His party came to him on bended knee — groveled, really. So, why not Paul Ryan for president?

Ryan is showing and will continue showing leadership in real time, while all the announced candidates only talk about what they would do or what they have done. Paul Ryan is doing it, present tense.

Ryan is passing legislation, warning a weak and vacillating President Obama about closing down Gitmo, about admitting potential terrorists into the U.S. He demands victory, not containment.

“What happened in Paris is pure evil … it’s clear this was an act of war and that the world needs American leadership. The National Defense Bill … will require the president to come up with a plan for defeating ISIS, not just containing, but defeating ISIS. A containment plan is not enough.”

Our strategy: We win, they lose. He is rewriting the Republican narrative to one of opportunity and growth. Ryan is the true heir to Reagan, via Jack Kemp, who himself tutored Reagan.

America wants resolve; that is why the Donald leads. Not a thousand nuances and “if buts.” No blaming Christianity for fighting back against Islamic aggression 1,000 years ago. Certain and resolved, that’s Paul Ryan.

Grounded, middle class, a deer hunter. Doesn’t live in Washington, D.C. but in Janesville, Wis., with the wife and kids.

He’s next gen, conservative, and tested. A young gun who can work the establishment. Has the vision thing. Understands how Washington works and why it doesn’t. Can explain tax code to the first grader in all of us. In any debate, would make Hillary Clinton sound like Admiral Stockdale with Tourette syndrome.

Could next summer’s Republican national convention turn to Ryan after the current thundering herd chews each other up? Paul Ryan for president.

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Nov 18, 2015 03:14 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Why not Paul Ryan for president? How about because he couldn't even win his hometown, let alone help carry the state, when he was running as VP last time around. That's a good place to start.

Also, considering the majority of culprits behind the Paris attacks were French and Belgian nationals, not Syrians, I think you should be more concerned about letting Europeans into this country than any Syrian refugees.

Nov 18, 2015 05:23 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

lyin’ Ryan. Sure Dave. How many “fourteeners” did he climb in Colorado, and what was his best marathon time?

Nov 19, 2015 08:08 am
 Posted by  Dave, not B

Gee Dave, your chart doesn't include any of the democrat candidates. But then, I guess Ryan's advantages over them would take up way too much space. And the last column would be empty.

And who cares where the terrorists come from? The attacks on France were done by terrorists trained in Syria by ISIS. SO it is OK to let them in here? So sad to be a democrat in this century.

Nov 19, 2015 09:17 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

ok blaska,

ryan couldn't even carry his own district unless it was re-districted.

take a look at the new district and see how far they had to go into Waukesha county to get ryan and nass re-elected.

it's a total scam. or just sad.

any comment on this explat?

Nov 19, 2015 10:39 am
 Posted by  David Blaska

A diehard reality denier (at 09:17 AM) infers that Paul Ryan could not have been re-elected without some sort of hanky panky involving dreaded Waukesha County. These points:

• If "every vote counts" then the votes in Waukesha County should count.
• The last election wasn't even close. Ryan won with over 63% of the vote.
• Paul Ryan beat Democrat Rob Zerban in the following counties: Kenosha, Milwaukee, Racine, Rock, Walworth, and Waukesha. In other words, Paul Ryan won all 6 counties in his congressional district.

It IS sad, anonymous.

Nov 19, 2015 10:55 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Gore didn't carry Tennessee in 2000, so who cares that he "lost" Florida?

The line of reasoning behind Ryan and Janesville is just as silly, simply jump sides across the aisle.


The GOP has to be feeling like the DNC in 2004 - remember they lost to Bush. How? A really bad candidate. GOP is headed the same way for this upcoming election.

Nov 19, 2015 12:28 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Compared to most of the declared Republican candidates, PR is a cross between JFK and Demosthenes. He'd wipe the floor with Hilly. For those of you crowing about his loss as VP in 2012, you might recall another Republican who lost a run for President in 1960 AND for Governor of CA in 1962 but still managed a successful run in 1968. After 8 years of Obama, another Nixon would be a godsend. And Paul is a genuinely decent, down-to-earth guy who seems to have Nixon's political savvy without his moral shortcomings. (His interview on "60 Minutes" was more effective than any campaign ad I've seen.) Let's hope he can be persuaded to step up and save his party--and country--next year.

Nov 19, 2015 12:51 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Gotta love the "Lyin'Ryan" comment, questioning the veracity of his mountain climbing. So which is more believable, that Ryan made 38 climbs of peaks over 14,000 feet, or that Hillary turned $1,000 into $100,000 in nine months betting on cattle futures. I mean as long as we are talking about honesty.

Nov 19, 2015 01:07 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

anon 12 28:

Yup, we need another Nixon. Screwed up getting out of 'Nam ( I voted for him so I would get out, that didn't work), broke all sorts of laws at Watergate, and threw the country into turmoil for years with the resultant scandal and impeachment. You gotta be kidding !

Nov 20, 2015 12:50 am
 Posted by  Mrbillsbrain

Dave,

Have to admit- great idea. Love the honesty and non PC chart too. For a guy with such a wonderfully twisted sense of humor, you make some serious points. Is that why there are so many anonymous commentaries? Real courageous, what?

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Raised on a farm near Sun Prairie, David Blaska is a recovering liberal who spent 18 years in daily newspapers, including 12 at The Capital Times in Madison as a reporter and editor. He served Gov. Tommy Thompson as acting press secretary in 1998 and is a veteran and survivor of 19 years in state government. He served 12 years on the Dane County Board of Supervisors. From December 2007 to November 2011 he wrote the consistently popular "Blaska's Blog" for Isthmus online's "The Daily Page" until, he says, the intolerant liberals ran him off. He blogs from Madison.

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