a certain element that would rather an awful lot before they would see a Speaker Paul Ryan. They see the former VP candidate and Budget Wizard as establishment now. He was once hailed for the austerity of his budgets, but now he's being semi-pilloried because of the vague idea he might think government should work. That's his heresy. He might just try to have a functional government that pays its just debts and doesn't default.
There is the reason why Congress is ill-favored in various polls. I have no love for Paul Ryan, but he wants to do a difficult job the teafolk don't even think is worth doing. And by the way, screw teafolk.
I'd really like it if McConnell and Boehner just say "screw it" and introduce a pretty anodyne budget bill covering the next two years, but they are still so owned there would likely be unacceptable fuckery no Democrat would accept. Could they get together on a clean bill? Shit, Boehner, isn't that what you are resigning for?
I'd like to think a clean bill is in our future--but they better make it fast. Debt ceiling comes up soon.
(Or it will be just fine and I won't even have to write about this crap for another two years.)