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Is It Time That Paul Ryan Call It A Day As Speaker Of The House?

House Speaker Paul Ryan should step down because of his inability to pass legislation replacing Obamacare, Market Watch argued in an op-ed this week.

The news site called Ryan’s decision to cancel last Friday’s scheduled floor vote on the American Health Care Act a “debacle.” The Wisconsin Republican and the White House decided to pull the bill when they could not persuade enough lawmakers to vote for it.

Market Watch declared that “political accountability” requires Ryan to give up his leadership position. The site editorialized: “The fact that he did not step down is not the first sign we’ve had that our particular democracy is profoundly deficient in accountability, but it is a fairly sure bet that the political incompetence, bad judgment and arrogance he displayed in mismanaging that legislative effort will hobble attempts to get anything done in Washington going forward.”

The op-ed alleged that Ryan “is now damaged beyond repair as leader of the House”; and that “he has zero credibility with his own party, with the administration, and — for what it’s worth — with the public.”

Fox News’ Jeanine Pirro also wants a new speaker. “Paul Ryan needs to step down,” she said. “The reason? He failed to deliver the votes on his health-care bill. The one trumpeted to repeal and replace Obamacare. The one that he had seven years to work on. The one he hid under lock and key in the basement of Congress. The one that had to be pulled to prevent the embarrassment of not having enough votes to pass.”

According to the liberal news site Politico, the speaker “isn’t going anywhere.” However, the right-wing Breitbart News reported that “rumors are flying” about who might replace Ryan. Among the possible contenders are Rep. Kevin McCarthy, the House majority leader; and Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, who chairs the House Appropriations Committee.

“Whether Ryan manages to hold on or not, the health-care debacle unmasked him as lacking both the intellectual and political heft to ride herd on a divided Republican Party in Congress,” Market Watch wrote. “It may be that nobody can bridge the entrenched ideological divide in the party, but Ryan had his shot and failed.”

Source: Market Watch
Photo: Politico

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