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Sat Apr 9, 2016, 05:01 AM

Republican businessman challenges Paul Ryan for congressional seat

Source: Wisconsin State Journal

Rep. Paul Ryan faces a challenge on his right flank this year from a Delavan businessman seeking to channel anti-establishment anger against the top elected Republican in the country.

Paul Nehlen, 46, is challenging Ryan, for whom he previously campaigned, for the Republican nomination for the 1st Congressional District.

Itís only the second time since 1998 that Ryan 46, of Janesville, has faced a primary opponent, and the first time the opponent is mounting a serious campaign.

In 2014, Ryan easily defeated Jeremy Ryan, a frequent protester against Gov. Scott Walker known for riding a Segway.

Read more: http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/govt-and-politics/republican-businessman-challenges-paul-ryan-for-congressional-seat/article_d989b8db-5c74-5a2f-bae9-1816d5980ad3.html

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Sat Apr 9, 2016, 06:57 AM

2. Angrier and meaner than thou

Standard Republican venom, obstinance, bigotry and mean-spiritedness not enough for you? Then try the new angrier, more obstinate and venomous Nehlen (R) brand. Or stick with the tightly wrapped old Ryan-AynRand (R) brand and hope he will drag America down even further by embracing TeaBagger 'know-nothing, do-nothing' FAIL policies even more intensely.

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Response to AxionExcel (Reply #2)

Sat Apr 9, 2016, 04:01 PM

9. LMAO ... He so reminds me of Doogie Howser ...

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Sat Apr 9, 2016, 07:17 AM

3. More republicans. That will fix nothing.

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Response to AllyCat (Reply #3)

Sat Apr 9, 2016, 07:32 AM

4. Actually it might.

Remember Ryan was drafted into the position because his Republican colleagues could not agree on who to serve. There was even some talk that if the vote is split it might be possible for a Democrat to draw some GOP votes to become a speaker. It would still be a Republican Congress, but the speaker does have some leverage regarding whether bills can be considered by the remainder of the House. It's not a likely scenario, but stranger things can happen.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Sat Apr 9, 2016, 07:47 AM

5. And just when Ryan is starting a campaign for Pres.

as the kinder, gentler, saner alternative to Cruz, Trump, and Kasich. This could get pretty interesting.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Sat Apr 9, 2016, 09:43 AM

6. from what i heard the challenge is from a full right wing nut job who thinks ryan is a dem

so awful would be awfuller

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Sat Apr 9, 2016, 09:49 AM

7. The minute one of these knuckledraggers yells "RINO!" you know someone's being primaried.

Not that I feel bad for Eddie Muster. He made a career out of cultivating these fascist cretins, and so he can't complain if they turn against him. Defeat would serve him right.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Sat Apr 9, 2016, 10:46 AM

8. This is really important!

We saw the sneak-up-from-the-right move take out Eric Cantor in the primaries, so we know it can work. But this time it's for all the marbles.

For a couple of months now, I've been pointing out that Republican movement at the top seems to be in the direction of a far different kind of election theft than that to which we have already seen... often.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1002&pid=7696342

The short version is this:

1) Steal the nomination from Trump or find a powerful third-party candidate to run against him; either way they need two powerful candidates running against the Democratic nominee;

2) Use unlimited funding and vote-theft mechanisms to disperse electoral votes so that NOBODY wins a majority of EVs. In a tight enough race it could be a simple matter of pushing Ohio over to Kasich, for example;

3) With no electoral vote majority, the election gets tossed into Congress, where Republican majorities will prevail at least through the end of this Congress (up to about January 3, 2017);

4) To protect themselves against the vicious backlash that will result from stealing the election, the Republicans will not hold a vote on selecting the next President, which means the real election for President will come when the next Speaker of the House is chosen by the House a couple of days after January 3;

5) The Speaker of the House will therefore become the next President on January 20, by default and without a single vote.

The better part of two decades of gerrymandering guarantees that the Republicans will control the House of Representatives after this election. But if you sneak up on Paul Ryan and kick him out, all of a sudden there is a frightening new wrinkle to the election theft problem. Without Ryan and the support of the vast majority of Republicans in the House of Representatives, suddenly the race for President becomes another clown-fight, this time in Congress in January, as the 115th Congress selects its leadership. Whichever Republican wins the internal election for Speaker becomes President by default.

One of the best ways to ensure this can't happen is through an all-out assault on the House of Representatives, ideally by running a Democrat in every district but also by threatening House leadership through primary challenges. The Republican Party has relied upon extra-legal tactics to control Congress for this entire century so far; they don't have a hell of a lot of actual talent in their staves, and if leadership is holding on to their talent to fight off internal dissent then it is far more difficult for Republicans to make additional gains in the House and the Senate.

This move against Ryan may in fact be the beginning of a well-orchestrated 50-state plan to take Congress away from the Republicans (or thin their margin of control) before they can steal the White House from the American people, again. They're not backing whatever yahoo is running against Paul Ryan, but we probably did our best to smooth the way for him, you know?


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Response to sofa king (Reply #8)

Sat Apr 9, 2016, 04:29 PM

12. Please make this an OP.

 

I will happily kick and recommend if you share the link here.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Sat Apr 9, 2016, 04:13 PM

10. The teabaggers will be happy only when the republican party just goes ahead

 

and issues black uniforms, starts goose-stepping, and exterminates members of the opposition. Our society is sick and these deranged teabaggers are just a symptom.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Sat Apr 9, 2016, 04:18 PM

11. Might As Well, Since He Is Koch's Chosen One for President

Boehner and the Koch Brothers have repeatedly indicated that they would choose Ryan if no candidate has a majority at the RNC convention.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Sun Apr 10, 2016, 02:33 AM

13. When will the GOP hit a point of critical mass and self-destruct ? It seems close. nt

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