Friday, on Washington, D.C.’s ESPN 980’s “The Tony Kornheiser Show,” host Tony Kornheiser spoke with Huffington Post editor and political journalist Howard Fineman on Paul Ryan and the Speaker of the House position.
Fineman said that as Speaker, Ryan would be “spending all his time” dealing with “Tea Party people” and that he would have to “fight them and defeat them” or “take away their power.” Kornheiser then wanted to know if Tea Party people were like ISIS, trying to “establish a Caliphate.”
Dialogue as follows:
FINEMAN: The House needs a dictatorial leader, or nothing will ever happen. And the Tea Party people understandably don’t like that. If the person in charge is a moderate that doesn’t agree with them politically.
So, Paul Ryan has the kind of conservative chops, where, he can sort of try to unify the whole party. But, he’s going to be spending all his time trying to deal with these Tea Party people.
What he’s probably going to have to do, if in fact he gets in. Is stage some kind of fight with them and defeat them, or take away their power, and go after them. I don’t know if he’s got the guts to do that. I don’t know if he’s got the numbers to do it.
KORNHEISER: Are they like ISIS trying to establish a caliphate here?!
FINEMAN: Yes! Yes! That’s a very good analogy! Without the violence obviously, but yes, they are a rejectionist front. They don’t want to legislate.
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