Paul Ryan easily wins his primary but GOP’s populist storm still rages

by Robert Costa | The Washington Post  |  published on August 10, 2016

JANESVILLE, Wis. — House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) reveled in the aftermath of his commanding and expected primary victory Tuesday against Paul Nehlen, a Donald Trump-inspired opponent, by ordering cheese curds and beer for his supporters.

But Ryan’s celebration will be brief, with the skirmish only the latest in this tempest of a year for a Republican Party churning between Ryan’s traditional conservatism and Trump’s flaring populism.

According to returns, Ryan was on pace to defeat Nehlen by a hefty margin, with the speaker garnering more than 80 percent of the vote with nearly 90 percent of the district’s precincts reporting. The Associated Press called the race after the polls closed.

Ryan, 46, who reluctantly sought and won the speaker’s gavel last year, faces immense challenges in the coming months: protecting the House GOP’s 59-seat majority, promoting a conservative policy agenda to an electorate that is mostly paying attention to Trump — and, like an overworked parent, trying to calm his party’s infighting.

It won’t be easy. And Ryan’s task is complicated by his profile, which has at times has made him seem like a relic caught in a populist storm.

  • gvette

    Bush started? It was done correctly. It was voted on by congress.Now let’s look at the the war in Afghanistan.

    Fifty-five U.S. servicemen were killed in Afghanistan in 2014, bringing the total number of American fatalities in the 13-year war to 2,232, according to a database.

    Of those 2,232 deaths, 1,663 – 74.5 percent – occurred since President Obama took office on Jan. 20, 2009. The deadliest years for U.S. personnel were 2010, when 495 were killed; 2011, when there were 404 casualties; and 2009 when the death toll was 306.

    • Jim

      Yes! it was voted on by congress that’s true then b2 screwed up in Iraq with no exit plan & apparently didn’t know the sh## would hit the fan with foreign fighters coming in, & other mistakes. with all the presidents resources you’d think he would’ve had a better idea of what was to come, then back to Afghanistan neither war went well, the people in both places are disturbed.
      I agreed we should have left & so did many U.S. citizens, nation building was a mistake.
      You can’t seriously blame Obama for the deaths of any of our men over there, Obama couldn’t just bring them all home at once, that whole region is a cess pool of evil & hopelessness, if he had brought them all home fast you’d be blaming him for that.

      • gvette

        Give me a break. you nigger loving assholes make me sick. You blame Bush for everything, and give the Muslim nigger a pass on everything. everything he’s touched has turned to shit. your pal Killary will be Barry on steroids.

        • Jim

          I spoke the truth!! & I’m not giving Obama a pass I’m voting republican because of the democrats, join is in the present & drop the racism.

          • gvette

            Racism? I don’t fall into the politically correct line, like you do. I call them like I see them. if the truth hurts, that’s life!

          • Jim

            Your using the n word so obviously you do, your a racist.

          • gvette

            You’re funny Jim. As it is, I have a lot of black friends.
            What’s even funnier, they see Barry as a worthless nigger also. As I told you before, you’ll turn yourself inside out, to be politically correct. I feel sorry for you!

          • Jim

            There’s nothing to feel sorry about for me, I don’t believe you have black friends only they can use the n word about them, you use that word in disrespect, what black person would like you after that?

          • gvette

            Well Jim, you keep trying to please people. I get called cracker. Do you think for one minute that bothers me? I don’t live my life, trying to please others. If you want to be controlled, that’s ok.

          • Jim

            I’m not trying to please people! & no one controls me except my parents a little bit.( to much)

  • metheoldsarge

    The fools in Wisconsin reelected this Obama “YES” man. As the saying goes; “Fools and their money are soon parted.” Now he can go back to being a RINO. What are the odds he will drop his Trump endorsement?

  • Donnie Buchanan

    I thought for sure that Nehlen would win. I now hope that Ryan will work with the Trump administration just as well as he has with Obozo.

    • metheoldsarge

      Figure the odds on that happening.

  • gvette

    Most of the american population is stupid. They say they want change, then term, after term, vote for the same people that screwing them. We have the government we deserve, sorry to say!

    • 2T3onefive

      Very well said gvette, and if anyone wants to know just how stupid people are now days, just watch Water’s World segment on Fox News O’rellys show. Like Clint Easwood said it, we have a generation of pussies.

      • gvette

        I enjoy Water’s World. Then sometimes it drives me crazy. They say our children are our future. Think about that for a bit. That alone, should scare the hell out of people.

        • 2T3onefive

          Touche! God bless you and family friend.

          • gvette

            Thank you, and the same to you, 2T3onefive!

    • Jim

      All the candidates running are the problem, no matter who you pick for what ever office they do something one group (repub. & dems.) doesn’t like, it’s always a choice between the lesser of two evils, this time I vote for Trump.
      My parents liked both Bushes despite the fact that B2 got us in a big expansive long war, under false info.with still no good ending & there still making excuses for that president.

      • gvette

        I’m for trump also. He loves this country. Killary loves money.
        In her whole entire life, she has never accomplished anything, other then her, and Barry setting the middle east on fire.
        I’ll share this with you.


        For those with short memories and those too young to know.

        When Bill Clinton was president, he allowed Hillary to assume authority over a health care reform. Even after threats and intimidation, she couldn’t even get a vote in a democratic controlled congress.

        This fiasco cost the American taxpayers about $13 million in cost for studies, promotion, and other efforts.

        Then President Clinton gave Hillary authority over selecting a female attorney general. Her first two selections were Zoe Baird and Kimba Wood – both were forced to withdraw their names from consideration.

        Next she chose Janet Reno – husband Bill described her selection as “my worst mistake.”

        Some may not remember that Reno made the decision to gas David Koresh and the Branch Davidian religious sect in Waco , Texas resulting in dozens of deaths of women and children.

        Husband Bill allowed Hillary to make recommendations for the head of the Civil Rights Commission. Lani Guanier was her selection.

        When a little probing led to the discovery of Ms. Guanier’s radical views, her name had to be withdrawn.

        Apparently a slow learner, husband Bill allowed Hillary to make some more recommendations. She chose former law partners Web Hubbel for the Justice Department, Vince Foster for the White House staff, and William Kennedy for the Treasury Department.

        Her selections went well: Hubbel went to prison, Foster (presumably) committed suicide, and Kennedy was forced to resign.

        Many younger voters will have no knowledge of “Travelgate.” Hillary wanted to award unfettered travel contracts to Clinton friend Harry Thompson – and the White House Travel Office refused to comply. She managed to have them reported to the FBI and fired. This ruined their reputations, cost them their jobs, and caused a thirty-six month investigation. Only one employee, Billy Dale was charged with a crime, and that of the enormous crime of mixing personal and White House funds. A jury acquitted him of any crime in less than two hours.

        Still not convinced of her ineptness, Hillary was allowed to recommend a close Clinton friend, Craig Livingstone, for the position of Director of White House security. When Livingstone was investigated for the improper access of about 900 FBI files of Clinton enemies (Filegate) and the widespread use of drugs by White House staff, suddenly Hillary and the president denied even knowing

        Livingstone, and of course, denied knowledge of drug use in the White House.

        Following this debacle, the FBI closed its White House Liaison Office after more than thirty years of service to seven presidents.

        Next, when women started coming forward with allegations of sexual harassment and rape by Bill Clinton, Hillary was put in charge of the “bimbo eruption” and scandal defense. Some of her more notable decisions in the debacle were:

        She urged her husband not to settle the Paula Jones lawsuit. After the Starr investigation they settled with Ms. Jones.

        She refused to release the Whitewater documents, which led to the appointment of Ken Starr as Special Prosecutor.

        After $80 million dollars of taxpayer money was spent, Starr’s investigation led to Monica Lewinsky, which led to Bill lying about and later admitting his affairs. Hillary’s devious game plan resulted in Bill losing his license to practice law for ‘lying under oath’ to a grand jury and then his subsequent impeachment by the House of Representatives.

        Hillary avoided indictment for perjury and obstruction of justice during the Starr investigation by repeating, “I do not recall,” “I have no recollection,” and “I don ‘t know” a total of 56 times while under oath.

        After leaving the White House, Hillary was forced to return an estimated $200,000 in White House furniture, china, and artwork that she had stolen.

        What a swell party – ready for another four or eight years of this type of low-life mess?

        Now we are exposed to the destruction of possibly incriminating emails while Hillary was Secretary of State and the “pay to play” schemes of the Clinton Foundation – we have no idea what shoe will fall next.

        But to her loyal fans – “what difference does it make?”

        Electing Hillary Clinton president would be like granting Satan absolution and giving him the keys to heaven

  • Ted Crawford

    Ryan is going to be just fine! He’s one of the most intelligent people to hold that office in many decades! The Republican party, on the other hand, is finished! May as well call it the Trump party, it will look very like the Democrat Party of the ’60’s’, with Kennedy, Mondale, Humphrey, and O’Neil!

    • 2T3onefive

      I don’t know about that Ted, what keeps coming to mind is that he might be a 100% RINO, or have we so soon forgot about him giving obama a blank check to finance his agenda, including obama care not long ago. The republican party is infested with RINOs now days.

      • Ted Crawford

        Ryan took over for the Weeping Wino at an extremely difficult time. Remember due to Boehners incompetent handling of the CR, following Ted Cruz’s Senate Filibusterer, Reid and Obama shut-down the Government, and successfully, disingenuously blamed it on the Republicans. Ryan dared NOT allow them ANY such an opportunity heading into the Presidential Primaries!
        Sadly, it didn’t help. The ….republicans(?), astonishingly enough, chose a Liberal Democrat to run against Hillary! In hindsight, which is always 20/20, he might as well have resisted! There was no way any reasoning person could have predicted such an anomaly!

    • Max

      Ryan is a fcking GLOBALIST!!! DumbAsss!!!
      No wonder you’re so fcking stupid, you just don’t have a clue about anything political!!

      Do you get ALL your info from the nightly news?
      You live in the fabricated reality that the powers that be want you to live in…

  • leewacker

    VERY disappointed in Wisconsin sending this faux American back to Washington! Paul Ryan is NOT a good citizen, would allow millions of muslims to overrun our country, soaking up resources meant for AMERICANS, not foreigners! Sorry, Mr. Nehlen. I thought you had it in the bag, but this primary just goes to show what happens when there is voter fraud afoot!

    • Ted Crawford

      What it actually displays, is that those not under the spell of Trump, still operate with common sense and logic!

      • Jim

        So you think Hillary should win? You think her supporters are choosing wisely? I don’t

        • Ted Crawford

          Perhaps I’m mistaken here, silly me, I had thought all this time this was the Primary Election for the Republican Candidate for one of Wisconsin’s House Seats!
          However, to answer your question, NO I do not think her supporters are “choosing wisely”, most of them don’t “choose” at all! Most haven’t the intelligence to self determine, they are simply mindless members of the Progressive Cult.
          I certainly don’t, “think`Hillary should win”! I don’t think, she should even be allowed in America! Had the Republican Party chosen ANY of the other Candidates, with the possible exception of Jeb, This wouldn’t even be a topic of serious discussion. Under those circumstances, Hillary would be 15 to 20 points down right now, instead of that far ahead!
          Many people, sincerely and then desperately attempted to show you Trump Cultists that this was the inevitable results of a Trump Candidacy. However, as is so with every Cult, Facts aren’t important, evidence isn’t important, the only thing that matters is slavish submission to the Cult Itinerary, no matter how impossible, counter productive, and ridiculous!!

          • Max

            I just don’t see how you can say what you say, You’re the delusional one , Trump is not down, he is within the margin of error in every rigged poll right now..
            The 70 Republicans that are calling for re-dispersing the monies that Trump has brought to the party are NEVER Trump’ers just like you they are Globalists that don’t want someone to change the statuesque destruction of this nation… They like you want Hillary so the destruction can continue as scheduled ….

          • Jim

            1. I strongly disagree with you about democrats being unintelligent & mindless, the DNC is no more a cult the RNC. the dems. are right about somethings, they have some bad ideas but dumb or evil no.
            I doubt Hillary would be down that many points that’s probably wishful thinking. Some have said that the republicans have ignored facts as well, most scientists say global warming is real even Bush 1 said it was but most republicans deny it at least publicly, I saw images of hot spots from camera on the ISS, what else are they wrong about that could kill us or cost us Billions? I’m now taking about an issue important to democrats is that wrong?

          • Ted Crawford

            I wholeheartedly agree, both the DNC and NOW the RNC ARE, indeed CULTS!
            No reasoning person is denying, the fact of Global Climate Change! It has been occurring, for at least 250 million years, CYCLICALLY!
            First posited by Isaac Newton and Leonhard Euler in 1755, and built upon over the centuries by many other, NON-Grant funded Scientists, including Milkanovich, Chandler, Hays, Imbrie, and Shackelton.
            The disingenuous part is when they dishonestly label it Anthropogenic in nature! There have been 5 major extinction events known to science. ALL of them were Climate Change Events! NONE of them were Anthropogenic in nature!
            It has NOTHING, nothing whatsoever, to do with the Climate and EVERYTHING to do with control!

          • Max

            We agree on something.. What do ya know?…
            I guess even a blind chicken gets some corn every once in a while..

          • Jim

            I said the DNC was NO more a cult then the RNC I meant it’s not. Christians don’t belong to a cult or atheists.
            About global warming I think we should take serous steps to protect all life from this threat, I don’t think republicans would even try, I don’t want another extinction, we have many wonderful animals on earth who can’t save them selves plus many humans who can’t either.

    • Jim

      I agree with you up to voter fraud, what you think because Obama won it must be fraud? I think he won fairly, I hope Trump can.


    Don’t let Ryan fool you, he is an estabished Rino. He is all for amnesty.

  • Blue 3

    Start the posting pileup on Ryan. Where were all your favorites when we needed a Speaker?

    • leewacker

      Never had any! ALL of the RINOS in Washington are NOT for AMERICA or AMERICANS!

      • gvette

        Just the power, and money.

  • justinwachin

    I guess Donald Trump is happy that he finally endorsed Paul Ryan, even if it came at the last minute. The people in his district likely voted for him in part because he was the most powerful man in the House. Position carries with it a sense of prestige.

    • leewacker

      With hefty payoffs especially as Ryan’s wife is a Democratic lobbyist!

      • justinwachin

        I wasn’t aware of that. I did look her up online and learned that she had been a lobbyist. Is she back in the lobbying business again?

  • otoman

    The majority of Wisconsin have shown themselves to be traitors to America.

    • Rodney Steward

      A union state, they love Rino’s and Dems., but was just hoping we could start out right by voting out these Me, Money, and Gov. first before the people! = RINO’s

  • SD of AZ

    Rat Ryan is still standing. What a disappointment. WI, I hope you don’t regret this term. This man is a rino not a republican. Bad move! He and McConnell represent the worst of the DC crowd!

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