Paul Ryan Finds God

McKay Coppins, BuzzFeed, December 20, 2013

On Oct. 24, 2012, Paul Ryan slipped into a high-ceilinged backstage room at the Waetjen Auditorium on the campus of Cleveland State University with a small gaggle of advisers and secret service agents. No reporters.

Ryan was there for a meeting that the Romney campaign brain trust had seemed, for months, intent on stopping. Since joining the presidential ticket in August, the Wisconsin congressman had been lobbying to spend more time campaigning in diverse, low-income neighborhoods. Ryan, a protégé of the late, big-tent GOP visionary Jack Kemp, argued the visits would show the country that Republicans cared about the poor. The number-crunchers in Boston countered that every hour spent on inner-city photo ops was a lost opportunity to rally middle-class suburbanites who might actually vote for them. Eventually, they reached a compromise: Ryan could give one big speech about poverty in Ohio and hold an off-the-record roundtable with community leaders who work with the poor—but the campaign would have to vet them all.

To help organize the event, Ryan enlisted the help of Bob Woodson, a 75-year-old civil rights leader and conservative community organizer. Woodson went to work compiling a list of black ministers, homeless shelter volunteers, and halfway house managers he thought Ryan should meet. Most of them, Woodson later acknowledged with some pride, were “ex-something: ex-drug addicts, ex-alcoholics, ex-convicts.”

When the list was turned over to the Romney campaign for approval, “it was like the machines exploded,” a Ryan aide recalled. “There were so many red flags—guys that had multiple felonies in their background. And they kept coming back and picking out names, saying, ‘Absolutely not, we cannot have this person.’” At one point, Woodson grew frustrated with Team Romney’s meddling. “Do you guys know anything about poverty?” he demanded of an operative. “This is where these guys come from! They are working with the poor because they had hit rock bottom.”

By the time Ryan arrived backstage at the Waetjen Auditorium less than two weeks before the election, about a dozen advocates for the poor were waiting for him. They took turns telling stories from the front lines of the losing war on poverty. They spoke of their own experiences with addiction and homelessness. They testified of redemption. And then, as Ryan prepared to leave to deliver his speech, a tattooed minister who had arrived at the meeting via motorcycle asked the congressman if he could lay hands on him to pray.

Ryan looked momentarily panicked, according to some who were in the room, but then he shrugged and smiled. “I’m Catholic, but I’m cool with that,” he responded.

Secret Service agents tensed up as the group surrounded him and the man placed his hands on Ryan’s shoulders—inches away from his neck, a nervous aide noted later. The candidate made the sign of the cross, and the minister called on the power of God to give Ryan strength, and help him fulfill his divine mission. Several people present, including Ryan, became emotional.

Ryan left the meeting, gave his speech, lost the election, and returned home to Wisconsin. But several weeks later, he couldn’t stop thinking about that prayer. Speaking with a close aide, he said it was the most powerful experience he’d had during the campaign—and that he felt strongly he needed to act on it.

“This is my next ‘Roadmap,’” Ryan told the aide, referring to the name of the audacious conservative budget that had made him a star in Washington. “I want to figure out a way for conservatives to come up with solutions to poverty. I have to do this.”


Until recently, Paul Ryan would have seemed like an improbable pick to lead the restoration of compassionate conservatism with a heartfelt mission to the poor. Of all the caricatures he has inspired—from heroic budget warrior to black-hearted Scrooge—“champion of the poor” has never been among them. And yet, Ryan has spent the past year quietly touring impoverished communities across the country with Woodson, while his staff digs through center-right think tank papers in search of conservative policy proposals aimed at aiding the poor. Next spring, Ryan plans to introduce a new battle plan for the war on poverty—one he hopes will launch a renewed national debate on the issue.


But those closest to him say Ryan’s new mission is the result of a genuine spiritual epiphany—sparked, in part, by the prayer in Cleveland, and sustained by the emergence of a new pope who has lit the world on fire with bold indictments of the “culture of prosperity” and a challenge to reach out the weak and disadvantaged.

“What I love about the pope is he is triggering the exact kind of dialogue we ought to be having,” Ryan told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel this week, adding, “People need to get involved in their communities to make a difference, to fix problems soul to soul.”


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  • Manaphy

    Paul Ryan has been called the most ideologically pro-Amnesty politician in the U.S. government by the Federation for American Immigration Reform. That is not what I would have said. I would say that Paul Ryan is the most ideologically Anti-White member of the U.S. Government.

    • Oil Can Harry

      The best way to fight poverty in the US is to oppose Obama’s amnesty proposal which would flood the country with 33 million Third World invaders.

      So of course Ryan supports that.

  • john ellis

    Anti White Liberalism, or Jack Kemp style pandering to Blacks and Latinos Libertarianism – it’s the new state religion and increasingly taking over the Catholic Church and the tops of all tax exempt American Christian churches. Our side usually argues that pandering to under class Blacks and vicious White haters never works for GOP candidates like Paul Ryan and Jack Kemp, Rand Paul. But, it does work for them as they get patted on the head like an obedient dog by the Leftist elite, they get chosen for VP tickets, they’re not harassed and yelled at like the rest of us.

    • ShermanTMcCoy

      Beats winning, I guess.

  • Puggg

    They had me at “lost the election.” That’s all we needed to take away from this.

    If the God of Paul Ryan is a race pandering one, then I pick the devil.

    • Whitetrashgang

      The only religion white people need is technology, like the Germans in WW2

      • So CAL Snowman

        The Germans lost WW2 . . .(along with the White race)

        • Whitetrashgang

          Yes fighting the rest of the idiot tribe controlled white race at a 100 – 1 odds. All it means is you can win if the odds are not that overwhelming .

          • Terra Magnum Imperium

            Agreed, Attack Soviet Union was Hitler’s biggest mistake, Even if Germany conquered Moscow the Russians would have been able to fight back, not to smart with Britain still unconquered.
            A unified white Europe with a few African white colonies like Algeria and South Africa would have been a more realistic option for the 3rd Reich. The Norse Pantheon would be my choice if I choose to follow any gods.

      • JohnEngelman

        Fortunately, that ‘god” turned against Germany.

        • Whitetrashgang

          John why are you here?

          • Whitetrashgang

            Don’t you have to get rid of some bed bugs or something?

          • JohnEngelman

            I enjoy political arguments. Why are you here?

          • Whitetrashgang

            I live in a van.

          • JohnEngelman

            I also agree with the basic perceptions of race realism, although I am not a white nationalist or a white supremacist.

            I believe that race is an important biological classification, that the human races differ significantly in average ability levels and behavior, and that these differences are due to evolving in response to different population pressures lasting for centuries and thousands of year.

          • bilderbuster

            Me too!
            Right by the river but it could be worse.
            It beats S**t Creek any day.

      • Sick of it

        Why not have God and technology? We’re not muslims.

      • withcaution

        The Nazi’s worshiped “the state” just like the communists in Russia. Neither is a form of individualism and freedom.

  • Lewis33

    Wanted: Black male to marry one of my daughters, so that I can fit in with my pals Boehner and McCain.

    • Rhialto

      Good idea! But even better would be a Black Mentally-Challenged Lesbian Ex-Con as an offspring-in-law.

      • IstvanIN

        NYC’s new First Lady is already taken.

    • Rick Brooks

      he dated a black woman in college and his brother is married to one so I’m sure he’d have no problem with that wanted ad!

      • Must be no better feeling for a new White grandparent than holding a nappy headed grandchild.

        • Whitetrashgang

          For some of them yes.

    • bilderbuster

      You forgot the Palin’s.

  • Mike Conrad

    When it comes to the Destruction of American Civilization, Republicrats are right ‘up there’ with the Demopublicans. On the most critical issues, there’s little difference between Tweedledum and Tweedledee.

    Two-Party State? Opt out.

    • Sick of it

      Tweedledum and Tweedledee is exactly how I referred to Bush v. Gore.

      • Paleoconn

        and Bush-Kerry, Obama-McCain, Obama-Romney, Bush I-Slick Willie, Slick-Dole, ad nauseam

    • Spartacus

      Screw them both. Start a Golden Dawn-like movement with the aim to secede.

  • bigone4u

    Ryan is mental. There is no other rational explanation. And I find it incredible that Ryan is so gung ho on the Marxist Pope who can’t even bring himself to condemn sodomy.

  • Katherine McChesney

    Ryan is NOT a Conservative.

    • Bobbala

      … but he is 110% GOP.

      • Katherine McChesney

        The GOP is no longer GOP.

        • Bobbala

          They do represent at least 2-3% of the country and still give democrats something, er … more to be angry and bitch about.

        • Terra Magnum Imperium

          This is where I get confused, The GOP is the party of Lincoln and the Northern Carpet Baggers, Pro integration, etc. The democrats at one time supported pro-white America but no longer. So it’s my Understanding that the Republicans have never been a pro-white party… Am I missing something here?

          • E_Pluribus_Pluribus

            Lincoln was pro-white. He didn’t want working class whites competing with slave labor, which is why he did not want slavery to spread to the territories. Lincoln was also a strong advocate of colonization of blacks back to Africa or to Latin America. In July 1862, he tried to sell his colonization plan to a group of free blacks on the basis of a need to separate: “You and we are different races. We have between us a broader difference than exists between almost any other two races. Whether it is right or wrong I need not discuss, but this physical difference is a great disadvantage to us both …. If this be admitted, it affords a reason at least why we should be separated. It is better for both, therefore, to be separated.”

  • Xerxes22

    It never occurs to people like Paul Ryan to campaign among working class Whites who are losing ground in this economy. At least there they have a chance of getting a lot of votes while they have no chance of getting few if any Black votes. Once again, the Stupid party forms a circular firing squad.

  • Paul Ryan find God?

    Is God the black pimp in Cleveland that only pimps black hookers, or a black only staffed brothel or strip club?

  • odious liberal

    Another cheap pandering RINO losers. It isn’t going to work Paul.

  • Good job citing that known proven winner Jack Kemp as your political mentor and citing yourself has his protege. Because when Jack Kemp himself ran for President in 1988, he averaged 5% of the vote in Republican primaries and caucuses he actually tried to be competitive in, and when he was Bob Dole’s running mate in 1996, he probably didn’t convince as many as one non-white Democrat not to vote for Bill Clinton and instead vote for Dole.

    The particular problem for Paul Ryan in 2016, if he runs for President, is that Rand Paul also wants to run for President. They’re going to fight tooth and nail over that big 5% Republican constituency that wants the race pandering front and center.

    • dd121

      Makes you wonder if the Republican brain trust ever looks how their attempt at diversity actually plays out politically.

    • WR_the_realist

      If the Republicans must pander to some non-whites, why not go after the Asians, who at least tend to belong to the middle class that provides most of the Republicans’ support? If they could do this in a way that doesn’t include promises to increase the number of H-1b workers it might even do some good. Memo to the neocons: Most Asians see no good reason why we should start a war with Iran.

  • Eddie Lutz

    Forget the poor who have always been poor – what about the poor who used to be middle class?

    • JohnEngelman

      According to Paul Ryan they will benefit from the next round of tax cuts for the rich.

  • me

    Paul Ryan needs to be tested, both for his IQ and for his sanity. Either he’s crazy/stupid, or he’s working very hard for the globalist agenda.

  • Vito Powers

    hey, isn’t this the same Paul Ryan that voted FOR legislation like Medicare Part D and No Child Left Behind when he was an obedient lapdog in the George W Bush Kennel? Now he’s the raging Fiscal Conservative Hawk who wants to “reform entitlements”.

    Hey, Ryan – how about getting agitated over programs like the Earned Income Tax Credit and Supplemental Security Income (SSI)? Oh, I forgot – that would mean being critical of the groups you’re sucking up to.

  • Fighting_Northern_Spirit

    Paul Ryan Finds God
    The author of the blog Cambria Will Not Yield is absolutely right when he says that European Man now worships the Negro. The Negro is his God.

  • Dave4088

    Rumor has it that Paul Ryan is dating Luis “Amnesty” Gutierrez, so no one should be surprised by his sudden change of heart on amnesty. In reality, Ryan sees which way the wind is blowing in this country and that poor non-whites are increasing relative to middle class whites, so he is throwing in his lot with the former in the hope that it will pay dividends in his quest for the white house.

    It seems Rand Paul and Paul Ryan are in a bitter contest to out pander the other for non-white support.

  • IstvanIN

    Gee, her one good point.

  • BernieGoetzFan

    If you look at who is likely to run for the GOP nomination in 2016 – Perry, Bush, Ryan, Christie, Paul, Hucklebuck …etc., the “debates” are going to revolve around who can do more for blacks and who most supports amnesty.

  • WR_the_realist

    Hucklebee also favor spending public funds on illegal immigrants. He is just the sort of Republican who makes conservatives stay home on election day.