A Tom Price/Paul Ryan alliance to challenge John Boehner

In this obscure D.C. race that’s turned into a kind of strength test for U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., had pledged himself to Tom Price, R-Roswell, even before he became the Republican nominee for vice president.

That said, Ryan’s endorsement of Price in tomorrow’s election for House Republican conference chairman – the No. 4 ranking position in the chamber – does carry weight and is an indication that the most conservative of House Republicans don’t intend to meekly submit during the coming fiscal cliff negotiations.

From the letter Ryan sent to his colleagues on Tuesday (emphasis in the original):

In the House of Representatives, we have an obligation and a real opportunity to produce and promote a positive and principled agenda for the American people. Over the past two years, we have offered bold solutions to our fiscal and economic challenges. We must not let up, but rather continue to focus our energy on doing what is necessary to empower individuals, families, and entrepreneurs.

Key to ensuring the success of our efforts will be having proven leaders at the helm of our policy and communication strategies. That is why I am asking you to join me in supporting Congressman Tom Price to be our next Chairman of the House Republican Conference.

Price’s rival for the job, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wa.,would be the only woman on Boehner’s leadership team. According to BuzzFeed, she’s playing that card:

A Republican leadership aide said McMorris Rodgers has been reminding colleagues about “her achievements with women’s outreach and new media, her conservative credentials, [and] her profile as a young woman” in a last-minute pitch before the leadership elections tomorrow.

The vote is scheduled for 2 p.m. or so Wednesday.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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November 13th, 2012
4:30 pm


November 13th, 2012
4:35 pm

A Ned Flanders/Eddie Munster alliance to challenge Al Bundy.

Bob Loblaw

November 13th, 2012
4:52 pm

Note: they’re Republicans. Why elect a reasonable woman that could help you with your “legitimate” problems with female voters when you can re-affirm the disaster that was Election Day? Price wins in a landslide.


November 13th, 2012
4:53 pm


November 13th, 2012
5:01 pm

Just off the path the entire Republican party was shellacked.
These 2 idiots want to take on the Boehner ….ha ha ha .

Cutty…Good analogy of Al Bundy done about as much for the Family as the GOP (goof balls) have done for the American people. Yep living on shoe store wages…


November 13th, 2012
5:06 pm

Obama lovers are going to be crazy in two years when you see what Obamacare and his new taxes take out of your paychecks……there is one thing for sure…..you are not going to like it and are naive because you are not informed about it. This government….both Democrats and Republicans take enough of our money……..they need to cut spending just like we do in our homes and business…to survive this global economic mess……….new taxes/revenues can come later……..


November 13th, 2012
5:10 pm

What a great match! I can see Rep. Price and Rep. Ryan working VERY closely together.

markie mark

November 13th, 2012
5:10 pm

you guys on the left keep acting like this election was a landslide….did you miss the fact that the popular vote was 49% to 51%? This was NOT a mandate…..we are not going to go away, and we are not wrong. We got beat, but we have lost before…..


November 13th, 2012
5:14 pm

Does Georgia need any help in looking like the most backward state in the Union?

I only hope someone steps forward as a credible opponent for Congressman price in 2014.

His legislative skills are certainly dwarfed by his avarice.

And, markie mark, yes, you need to get used to getting beat because mandate or not, national support for ‘trickle down’ is over!

You don't say

November 13th, 2012
5:32 pm

markie mark

Who said go away? Those voices are in your head. They are not coming from anyone but you.

As for a mandate, did you say the same in 04 when some on the right were saying Bush had a mandate, even though it was less EC votes than Obama won last week?

Thought so

Thanks for playing


November 13th, 2012
5:32 pm

Ryan learned nothing from the election. His comment REQUIRE some editing to reflect last weeks bomb shell:

“In the House of Representatives, we have an obligation and a real opportunity to produce and promote a positive and principled agenda for the American people.”

More nearly correct:

“In the House of Representatives, we have an obligation and a real opportunity to produce and promote a Republican Party agenda for the voters who continue to vote for us.”

Mr. Ryan: You DO NOT speak for, act on their behalf, or represent “the American people”. While your voters are Americans and I’m sure, loyal Americans, your Party’s actions, proposals and agenda (and your being a heart beat away) was soundly rejected. However, Mr. Price represents the voters of a district so out of touch with reality that I’m certain he would well serve your Party’s agenda (whatever that is?).


November 13th, 2012
6:07 pm

A change in the speakership is necessary. We cannot afford another
tear jurking compromise in the House


November 13th, 2012
6:12 pm

price/ryan will go down in flames if they fail to compromise on top rate going up until tax reform can be thoroughly sorted out along with medicare

Reasonable Man

November 13th, 2012
6:13 pm

I’ve got news for you people with your heads in the ground, thinking you run this State. You need to wake up and smell the coffee; read all the reports – YOU’RE about to become the MINORITY in Georgia, and it may even be by the next Presidential election. White male voters are shrinking daily, especially in Georgia, and minority voters will comprise a huge block before you want to admit it. And I have news for you, my friends, that block includes many white voters; not everyone is as narrow minded as you…

All of the racist remarks, and all of the snide, backhanded comments about the electorate, one day, it might just be directed right back at you. And when you become the minority, and things aren’t quite so comfortable for you, think back to all the times you tried to suppress, control, and insult, and think back to all of your arrogance. Don’t whine like a baby when you get a taste of your own medicine.

Redistricting can be redrawn more than once, and before you know it, you may just be squeezed into a teeny little rat nest that you deserve.


November 13th, 2012
6:25 pm

@markie mark: Republicans, ;led by George Bush and Dick Cheney, claimed a “mandate” when Bush lost the popular vote to Al Gore.

Objecting to characterizations of the Electoral shellacking that Obama gave to Romney after running the country off a cliff after the 2000 election rings very hollow.

Scalabrini Ortiz

November 13th, 2012
6:26 pm

Wow. Two creepy, privileged republican girly-boys united. Makes me wanna holla. And vomit.


November 13th, 2012
6:30 pm

“Reasonable Man”:

Most of what you happily recount regarding changing demographics in Georgia (and throughout the United States for that matter) is true.

My question: As the demographics change to where the “snide, backhanded comment-making white voters” are the minority, do you see this state–as well as the nation–improving in:

- Moral climate–including the way we treat the unborn and aged?
- Standard of living?
- Productivity?
- The ability of government to keep its promises re: Social Security & Medicare?
- The ability of the country to defend itself?
- Efficiency and indebtedness of the government?
- World leadership and respect?

And when bad things happen to the “snide, backhanded comment-making white voters” as you hope they will, will YOU be better off? Or will it just make you feel better to get even?

It is sad that you cannot discern the link between law abiding, productive people who produce things in this country and the government services that you seem to enjoy. Now get this: if you were a demographer, you would discover that many of these people are white.

What other groups do you resent? A little self-examination would help you.

Road Scholar

November 13th, 2012
6:33 pm

“In the House of Representatives, we have an obligation and a real opportunity to produce and promote a positive and principled agenda for the American people. Over the past two years, we have offered bold solutions to our fiscal and economic challenges. We must not let up,..”

And what has that got you? Wrong on your candidate. Wrong on the Presidential winner. Wrong on taking over the Senate. Wrong on this. A deal that is good for the American people…the majority..not the repub party..not just for conservatives…Get it through your mind. What you were selling isn’t being bought.


November 13th, 2012
6:44 pm

And perhaps the truth…don’t think Tide will wash this.

The Stench” Paul Ryan’s alleged nickname of Mitt
behind his back.

Romney “brain trust” in Boston. (A brain trust, rumor has it, that refers to Ryan as “Gilligan.”)

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0912/81618.html#ixzz2C9I2FG8v


Just sayin!

Road Scholar

November 13th, 2012
6:45 pm

Ah, RGB, just who are those productive law biding citizens you refer to?

Oh and I’m white, never been on unemployment, in jail, worked at the same company for 34 years, continue to work part time, have been professionally licensed for32 years, and never have taken government handouts except my father’s SS when he died of a heart attack when I was 13. I hope that was ok with you!
Oh and yes! Americans are a bunch of whiners. Take responsibility. Once the majority does, maybe we can have good ethics as the norm.


November 13th, 2012
6:46 pm

Unless they’re handing out free stuff, I don’t care.

Obama for ever!!!!!!


November 13th, 2012
6:47 pm

As you leftists Obama supporters have been telling us since Tuesday night, elections DO have consequences.

“The Interior Department on Friday issued a final plan to close 1.6 million acres of federal land in the West originally slated for oil shale development.”

“In keeping some of the most controversial environmental and healthcare regulations under wraps during the month of October, the federal government has posted to its regulations website an average of 68 new regulations and notifications. The total comes to 6,125 in the past 90 days as of Friday November 9!”

“However, stock prices are not the only thing taking a hit. It appears that the job market is also suffering. In the last 48 hours, the following major corporations have announced layoffs in America (links take you to news stories about the layoffs – with details from the companies):
• Energizer -
The St. Louis-based company said Thursday that it expects to shed about 1,500 employees. When finished, the restructuring should lead to $200 million in pretax yearly savings, Energizer said. It aims to have most of its restructuring steps finished by the end of September 2014.
• Exide Technologies -
Exide Technologies announced Thursday that it will be idling its lead-recycling operations in Laureldale and laying off 150 workers, effective no later than March 31.
• Westinghouse -
Westinghouse Anniston, the contractor responsible for shutting down Anniston’s chemical weapons incinerator, has reduced its workforce by another 50 employees.
• Research in Motion Limited -
Research in Motion Ltd., the maker of BlackBerry smartphones, laid off about 200 people at its U.S. headquarters in Irving on Wednesday, according to a source close to the company who did not want to be named.”

“Fortune Magazine says that in the wake of Obama’s re-election, thousands of banks are at risk, with small banks taking the biggest beating:
Now that President Obama has been re-elected, analysts, consultants and dealmakers have turned from whether Dodd-Frank will be repealed to what it means for banks now that it’s likely here to stay. The overwhelming conclusion: Thousands of small banks will soon disappear.
But the banks are not the only group at risk. Companies in all areas are still having a difficult time with the economy.
John Schnatter, the CEO of Papa John’s Pizza announced to the press that Obama’s second term and the full enforcement of Obamacare would likely force him to cut the hours of many workers and add costs to his operation. Those costs would be passed on to consumers.
Here are the latest companies that announced layoffs:
Mills Manufacturing NC – 68 workers laid off –
A western North Carolina company that makes parachutes and other supplies for the military is laying off 68 workers by the end of the year.
TECO Coal Corporation – 90 workers laid off
TECO Coal Corporation is cutting back production and shedding jobs. Company personnel director Paul Matney told the station no mines are closing, but manpower and staffing is being trimmed to match reduced production from the mines. Matney said the layoffs are at several locations and are the result of economic conditions in the coal market.”


November 13th, 2012
6:50 pm

You’re only seeing the beginning, folks!

Unfortunately, it is the beginning of the end . . .

John Jay (founder)

November 13th, 2012
7:13 pm

Ryan says the people returned republicans to congress and this is why te 330 electoral vote win by Obama is not a mandate. Of corse he doesnt mention congress is insulated by gross gerrymandering.


November 13th, 2012
7:16 pm

Josey is right about the insurance premiums. My wife’s insurance has went up almost $200.00/month since the passage of ObamaCare. It’s a direct result of the companies trying to cover their losses up front.

I’m a middle class small business owner whose seen the bottom fall out of his business since Obama took office. I haven’t had one ounce of help from the government. Mr. Obama, where is all that “change we can live with”? Pretty soon all I’m going to have is change.

Our government cannot continue to grow and spend if there is no one left to pay taxes to fund the government. If small businesses aren’t growing and hiring, there will be no new tax revenue. People who are unemployed and/or drawing government support don’t pay taxes. Also, people who work for the government are paid by tax revenue. So who is going to pay those people?

Liberals don’t understand basic business – you can’t spend more than you make and you can’t beat the people over the head who hire the people that pay the taxes. Those making over $250,000/year are the ones who employ Americans. Keep pounding them and they will stop hiring anyone.


November 13th, 2012
7:18 pm

Go Congressman Price – a lot of us are pulling for you and Paul Ryan tomorrow!!


November 13th, 2012
7:25 pm

john jay, he further neglects to tell that the total cumulative vote count for dems was higher than repubs in those gerrymandered districts by 500,000+.

jacka@@es need to compromise.


November 13th, 2012
7:36 pm

“Ryan says the people returned republicans to congress and this is why te 330 electoral vote win by Obama is not a mandate”

2.5% is NOT a mandate . . .


November 13th, 2012
7:39 pm

Papa John’s Pizza CEO John Schnatter has apparently had trouble swallowing the results of this year’s election, as he has continued his public relations offensive against President Obama‘s Affordable Care Act by insisting that his company’s owner-operators would cut employees’ hours in order to avoid having to cover them under the new law. Schnatter claimed, this past summer, that the law would cost Papa John’s customers 11 to 14 cents per pizza (according to Forbes, it’s actually about 4 cents per pie), but now

IF nothing Else read this…

****figures his franchise owners are so greedy that they’ll shave that margin even further by screwing their employees out of health benefits with scheduling gimmicks.****

I see a trend here; blame GREED on Affordable Care ACT.

I think if all of us that voted for Obama boycott Papa Johns, he may have a few more problems/ Better Pizza less GREED

I have BSBC and It actually went down *same coverage”…Thank You President OBAMA!


November 13th, 2012
7:40 pm

that’s odd, w said he had mandate after 2004 and he was going to spend that political capital. w only got 286 electoral votes and a 3 million pop vote margin.


November 13th, 2012
7:41 pm

cc…Hello…Mitt lied more like 53% voted….


November 13th, 2012
7:46 pm

cc and others,

The points you made are hugely relevant.

The statists don’t think they will be adversely affected–it will happen to everyone else but them.

Our collective blood should be running cold at the layoffs, indebtedness, and intractable government growth and abuse of the Constitution that is taking place. The leftists just believe it’s an old historical document that should be ignored and needs updating.

On this day after Veteran’s Day, I hate to think that so many people died in vain. This is not what they fought, and died, for.


November 13th, 2012
7:52 pm


Papa Johns is a public traded company (NASDAQ = PZZA) with 16,000 employees. Do you think the company’s management should run the organization so that it produces less dividends and stock appreciation than other similarly situated companies?

If so–based on your knowledge of stocks, business, investments, and economics–what rationale would the company use to explain to their shareholders that their investments in Papa Johns still make sense?


November 13th, 2012
7:56 pm

gee, thought the law applied to all companies of certain size…..


November 13th, 2012
7:58 pm

“Obama says his budget plan will cut deficits by $4 trillion”

“The Congressional Budget Office, the nonpartisan analytic arm of Congress, looked at the president’s 2013 budget and concluded that it would increase the cumulative deficit by $3.5 trillion over its baseline between now and 2022. That greatly undercuts Obama’s argument that he is saving money.”

Note the year, 2022! Obama is running $1+ trillion DEFICITS EVERY YEAR! Do the math, people!

“Obama’s plan is detailed and complex. To raise revenues, families making over $250,000 a year would pay more, but he also has an extensive list of tax breaks he would eliminate. They can be arcane. For example:
• Repeal last-in, first-out (LIFO) method of accounting for inventories
• Determine the foreign tax credit on a pooling basis
• Repeal lower-of-cost-or-market inventory accounting method
• Eliminate special treatment of carried interest

On the spending side, the president proposes $580 billion in cuts to a number of programs that range from agricultural subsidies to rental assistance to airport construction. In 2011, Obama proposed some $320 billion in health program cuts. The federal government would pay less to drug makers and nursing homes. In the long run, many states would shoulder a larger share of Medicaid costs.”

. . . and for those of you who think you’re getting more in “take-home pay”, you need to know this:

“WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama isn’t talking about it and neither is Mitt Romney. But come January, 163 million workers can expect to feel the pinch of a big tax increase regardless of who wins the election.
A temporary reduction in Social Security payroll taxes expires at the end of the year and hardly anyone in Washington is pushing to extend it. Neither Obama nor Romney has proposed an extension, and it probably wouldn’t get through Congress anyway, with lawmakers in both parties down on the idea.”

Hey, you folks that love and want the “free stuff”, guess what? The “free stuff” is coming to a conclusion, and SOON!


November 13th, 2012
8:09 pm

I see a trend here; blame it on The GREED of investors.
That RGB is what got us here….

This whole flap really underscores the entire point of health care reform, which is that even if Papa John’s doesn’t have its employees’ backs, President Obama does, and so do the rest of us. No one should have to die for 14 cents worth of pizza. Not in America.
I think if all of us that voted for Obama boycott public traded company (NASDAQ = AHOLES, we may have a few less problems.



November 13th, 2012
8:10 pm

Kris@7:41 pm:

Hi Kris, I feel sure that many of the 53% didn’t know what they were getting for their vote!

Economics is mathematics, and I’ve never seen a way to make mathematics lie. The simple fact is that we are spending far, far more than we’re making. Have you found a way to manage your personal family budget that will allow you to spend more than you earn continuously? Have you found a way to spend yourself wealthy? Do you know a way to borrow your way out of debt? I intend these as serious questions to you, Kris.

Is Big Bird enjoying his reprieve?


November 13th, 2012
8:15 pm

When the people paying the taxes run out of money we will see who riots first. The people that pay no taxes demanding the free stuff continue. The USA burns. Good luck!!


November 13th, 2012
8:20 pm

cc… Is that Ronmesia/Gilligan?

I spoke to BIG BIRD after math class today He e-mailed President OBAMA to ask for a pardon along with the turkeys..

As for for your point…NO! Have you?

Were are not going to fix the economic situation..ONLY CONGRESS can do that.


November 13th, 2012
8:21 pm

If the U.S. government ends up careening off the “fiscal cliff,” Republicans in Congress stand to shoulder most of the blame, according to a new poll released Tuesday.


November 13th, 2012
8:32 pm


My point is that you believe that people should act against their self interests–even if it injures themselves or their families. Papa Johns investors are people trying to feed their families, save for college, and plan for retirement. The GREED that you express states that it is a moral imperative that families give up the ability to care for their family so that you can have healthcare. On what basis do you claim this greedy moral authority?

It is not the responsibility of a honest, hard working family to make a failed government healthcare program look good just so President Obama gains a few style points.

You said: “This whole flap really underscores the entire point of health care reform, which is that even if Papa John’s doesn’t have its employees’ backs, President Obama does….”

This is particularly troublesome because it underscores your belief that President Obama somehow produces wealth that allows HIM to purchase healthcare coverage for all of us. It is only via the fact that government will confiscate the earnings (with emphasis on the word “earn”) of other people at the point of a gun in order to buy health coverage (but really votes) that Obama’s plan will “work”. Practically speaking, neither Obama nor his vice president has ever held a private sector job that produces tax revenue to fund the health services that you insist everyone is entitled to.

When government takes over a market it distorts that market. Quality of the products and services declines while the costs go up. In healthcare this means that fewer people will have access to healthcare and the cost will go up for everybody who can still retain coverage. Waiting lines. Denials for tests and surgery. 345,000 doctors are expected to retire as a result.

Obama even gave us an idea of what’s to come when he said: “Take a pill for that” (rather than having a hip replacement). Additionally he said: ““Everybody knows that it makes no sense that you send a kid to the emergency room for a treatable illness like asthma, they end up taking up a hospital bed, it costs, when, if you, they just gave, you gave them treatment early and they got some treatment, and a breathalyzer….” I didn’t realize the president was a physician.

The end result of government’s manipulation of the market: this Utopian plan has the opposite effect. We will be sicker, poorer, and die sooner as a result of Obamacare.

My point is that YOU are the one who is GREEDY when you demand that everyone else pay your way in life.

So is it out of GREED or ignorance that you support Obamacare?


November 13th, 2012
8:55 pm

@ rgb or what ever you are……What ever your problem is its not me…

Yes I voted against every damn repuke I could!

I Voted for PRESIDENT OBAMA…and your petty little Ignorant rants will not change that!

Its ignorant people like you that caused this economy.


November 13th, 2012
8:59 pm

It doesn’t matter if it’s obamacare or blue cross and blue shield. If you get cancer, you’re f’d. The doctors that treated my wife were total incompetents. Imagine four women doctors. All considered great physicians. All misdiagnosed my wife. They even put her on a therapy that didn’t even go to the area where she actually did have cancer. Breast care specialists. Northside Hospital. Emory Oncology. All total disasters. But they get off scott free because of Georgia law, and the way the insurance companies have this overlapping umbrella coverage for malpractice. I mean, who’s responsible? Northiside Hospital? Or the idiot doctor? Plus, the patient has to know when they’ve been misdiagnosed, and then sue the doctor within two years of the misdiagnosis. You have to be House himself to sue in time. Pathetic. So Obamacare? Why not? Get sick? You’re gonna die, son. You’re gonna die.


November 13th, 2012
9:04 pm

Don’t know where I read it and let me say, it’s a RUMOR, but I read that Price is considering a challenge to Saxby Chambliss. Ryan better hope Price wins cause Bohner gets to say whose on which committee!


November 13th, 2012
9:15 pm

Cutting social security taxes was a mistake in the beginning and in the extension.Going broke fast enough without the cuts.Need pay ss taxes on all income,not just earned.Raise amounts of income taxed,raise age to be eligible to retire or draw ss.

John Jay (founder)

November 13th, 2012
9:22 pm

The tax argument is Norquist bunk. The most productive period of the last century was the late fifties, early sixties. The top tax rate in19 61? 91%.


November 13th, 2012
9:38 pm

Georgia@8:59 pm:

I am sorry for your troubles. My wife was diagnosed (correctly) with chronic progressive mutiple sclerosis. In her case, even the correct diagnosis was worth nothing. I truly understand your feelings, though.


November 13th, 2012
9:45 pm

Any gamblers out there? Can anyone tell me the odds of this happening?

“Barack Obama received more than 99% of the vote in more than 100 precincts in Cuyahoga County, Ohio on election day. In fact, there were a substantial number of precincts where Mitt Romney got exactly zero votes. So how in the world did this happen? Third world dictators don’t even get 99% of the vote. Overall, Mitt Romney received 30.12% of the vote in Cuyahoga County. There were even a bunch of precincts in Cuyahoga County that Romney actually won.”

Something smells just a touch on the “fishy” side!


November 13th, 2012
9:50 pm

cc, Georgia..Sorry.

Keep looking, I was diagnosed stage 4 cancer. I kept asking questions until I found a Dr. that would listen…Remission after 3 years.


November 13th, 2012
9:54 pm


That is great! I hope that you have a long and happy life!

Unfortnately, there isn’t any need for me to keep looking now.