(American Thinker) -- Contrary to Republican establishment propaganda, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) is not reliably conservative. He has strayed so far from the conservative mainstream that his recent voting record alone ought to instantly disqualify him from consideration as the next speaker of the House.
He is the wrong man at the wrong time. If Ryan ends up wielding the speaker's gavel, the low-intensity civil war bubbling in the Grand Old Party may quickly go nuclear.
And the fact that Ryan wants to make veteran Beltway lobbyist David Hoppe his chief of staff in the speaker's office should concern conservatives. Ryan describes his fellow Wisconsinite as "a foot soldier in the conservative movement," but Hoppe also reportedly "has a record of working across the aisle" when working across the aisle means working against conservatives. As the Washington Examiner reports:
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