The House speaker said Tuesday that he would not cave to pressure from within his party to join the fray.
Describing newly elected House Speaker Paul Ryan as a "masterful performer," Nichols says, "The bottom line on Paul Ryan is that no matter what, he will end up carrying the water for Wall Street and for multinational corporations. That is his great passion."
President Obama may soon be rounding the final bend of his presidency, but he apparently hasn't lost his ability to push contested legislation through the congressional gantlet.
The Wisconsin Republican, who achieved national prominence as Mitt Romney's running mate in 2012, seems more likely than ever to become the next speaker of the House. A devout man of faith, he will need your prayers.
What a difference a few days makes. After putting on quite a convincing show of resistance, followed by reticence, Rep. Paul Ryan is now the very picture of enthusiasm when it comes to his prospective new role as speaker of the House.
The saga in the House continues: On Tuesday, Rep. Paul Ryan, who for weeks had been maintaining that he didn't want to replace outgoing Speaker of the House John Boehner, told Republican colleagues that he would run for the position on one important condition.
It's been nearly a week since Rep. Kevin McCarthy bowed out of the running for outgoing House Speaker John Boehner's spot, and the field is still wide open. Also, Ann Coulter didn't quite get the whole constitutional aspect of this story, so we consulted a bona fide legal expert about the House rules to set the record straight.
"We probably need a fresh face," House Majority Leader McCarthy said Thursday, breaking the surprising news that he was bowing out of the contest to replace John Boehner.
Republicans on Capitol Hill keep telling everyone how terribly shocked they are by the tawdry tale of Dennis Hastert, the former speaker of the House indicted last week on charges of money-laundering in an effort to cover up alleged sexual abuse of a male high school student many years ago.
Members of the American political elite feel they are protecting the establishment by giving the former House speaker the benefit of the doubt, just as the Vatican has done for accused priests for decades.