Spineless Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) has been utterly emasculated and publicly disempowered by President Donald Trump. A man who has been working his entire life to achieve political power has been rendered into the legislative lapdog of a silver spoon reality television star with no understanding of government or leadership.
Ryan has swallowed his pride and hitched himself to Trump in the hope that he’ll be able to get the president to rubberstamp whatever regressive tax legislation he’s able to conjure in the coming weeks. The Speaker has been working for years and years to pass massive tax cuts to the super-rich. His abysmal life’s work is almost complete.
Now, Politico reports that Ryan may be retiring after the 2018 mid-term elections. The publication conducted interviews with three dozen people within the Speaker’s sphere and every single one of them expects him to step aside in a year.
In the intervening time, he’ll aim to attack entitlement programs because apparently, it isn’t enough for him to shoulder the middle-class with crushing tax hikes, he also has to further strip away their access to healthcare and retirement aid.
The Congressman, who never wanted to be Speaker and had to be convinced to accept the job in the first place, apparently hates his current position. It’s proven to be a thankless job, with attacks coming consistently from both Democrats and the crazed far right-wing segment of his own party. The left rightfully sees him as an enemy of the average American and a lackey for corporations and the 1% while some Republicans see him as not conservative enough.
Tim Alberta and Rachel Bade of Politico wrote:
“Ryan has never loved the job; he oozes aggravation when discussing intra-party debates over ‘micro-tactics,’ and friends say he feels like he’s running a daycare center. On a personal level, going home at the end of next year would allow Ryan, who turns 48 next month, to keep promises to family; his three children are in or entering their teenage years, and Ryan, whose father died at 55, wants desperately to live at home with them full-time before they begin flying the nest. “
Sources close to the Speaker add that one of the biggest upsides for Ryan not running after 2018 is that he won’t have to subject himself to the humiliation of appearing on a ballot with Donald Trump in 2020. Ryan was a vocal opponent of Trump during the 2016 election before grudgingly endorsing him. Since the election, Ryan has muzzled his criticisms so as to make it possible to work with the leader of his party.
Reportedly, the reason Ryan hasn’t announced his retirement yet is that he fears becoming a lame duck Speaker, which would sap him of authority and fundraising capabilities ahead of what already promises to be an arduous stretch of legislative heavy lifting and difficult contested GOP elections.
Ian Millhiser of ThinkProgress had an interesting take on the rumors:
Obviously, Paul Ryan is a very bad man who should spend the rest of his life as the sole member of the deserving poor. But his retirement raises the stakes considerably for the midterms because any other plausible Republican speaker would be even worse.
— Ian Millhiser (@imillhiser) December 14, 2017
While the country will be much better off without Paul Ryan working actively to steer it into a ditch, 2018 is still a long way off in terms of the damage he can do between now and them. Ideally, he would resign immediately. Failing that, we’ll just have to sit tight and hope the cowardly failure of a man follows through to abdicate his seat after the mid-terms.
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