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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Paul Ryan talks Congress on The Kelly File

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan went on Megyn Kelly's show this week discussing legislative gridlock and arguing that nothing's going to get done until one party (he's speaking for the GOP, obviously) controls both Congress and the Presidency. Includes some nice sass from Kelly -- "Thank you, Schoolhouse Rock..." -- after Ryan explains how a bill becomes a law. He also says the Reps plan to release a priorities agenda to sway voters leading into the election so they can get a mandate going forward. Last, Kelly and Ryan talk about the possibility of a brokered convention. Had to look up what that meant since they don't really discuss it -- from RCP:
... [S]uccessful nominees have arrived at the convention with the delegate votes needed or close to needed for a first ballot nomination.
If that doesn’t happen in 2016, the convention itself must choose the nominee, as it did from the 1830s to the 1950s. Earlier contested conventions were "brokered," a sanitized term for describing the hard-nosed horse-trading carried on by the party bosses. Sometimes, these contests went on for several days and dozens of ballots, and the battles were often bruising.


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