The head of the Freedom Caucus, one of the nutcase Republican groups in the US House of Representatives that has claimed John Boehner and Kevin McCarthy as victims, has said that they would agree to voting for Paul Ryan for Speaker under certain conditions.
As many Republicans urge Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) to make a bid for House speaker, some hardline conservatives say he’s been too willing to compromise — the same complaint that plagued departing Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio).
But Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), chairman of the conservative Freedom Caucus, said Sunday that members would “look favorably” on Ryan for speaker, so long as he agrees to their demands for policy changes within the GOP conference. [My italics-MS]
“I think he’d be a great messenger,” Jordan said on “Fox News Sunday.” “He’ll come in front of our group and talk to us — I think our group would be favorable towards him, but we’re not there yet.”
So what exactly are their demands? Politico has obtained the questionnaire that they are giving to all potential candidates for Speaker. The document seeks guarantees that ‘conservatives’ are given a major role in all aspects of legislation. Since the Republican party is extremely conservative already, it is clear that what the Freedom Caucus means by that word are its own members.
Judd Legum has looked the document and says that “the document effectively makes it impossible for any candidate to both: 1) Get elected speaker, and 2) Not send the entire country (and maybe the world) over a cliff.”
And as I said before, Ryan is an Ayn Rand-worshipping, oligarchy-serving, right wing conservative zealot. And yet Newt Gingrich and Karl Rove are both warning Ryan to think carefully about becoming speaker because they think he is a person who has a chance of becoming president in the future and entering the chamber of horrors that the Speaker’s office has become is likely to kill his chances.