Is it time to put the Paul Ryan for president chatter to bed for good?
My Politico colleague Jake Sherman reports that when Ryan says he will not seek or accept the Republican nomination at the party's convention in Cleveland this summer, he absolutely, positively, indubitably means it. Ryan does not want the nomination, does not believe a candidate not currently running could, or should, get it. And he would not take it should convention delegates turn to him in a moment of crisis after multiple ballots and implore the House speaker to mount his trusty steed and ride into the fall election as his party's standard bearer.
Wall Street executives and others who have spoken with Ryan tell me the same thing. Sure they would love Ryan to be the nominee. He could potentially win, and he represents the kind of low-tax, low-regulation, pro-growth, optimistic conservatism that Wall Street Republicans love.
But the speaker has told them in no uncertain terms that they should stop fantasizing and face the reality that the nominee is going to be Donald Trump, Ted Cruz or, in a very unlikely scenario, Ohio Governor John Kasich.
So that settles it right? Well, not exactly.