Report – Confidants Reveal Paul Ryan Set To Retire When Term Ends in 2018
Fans of Paul Ryan, prepare to be upset. For everyone else who despises him, get ready to smile.
According to reports from Ryan’s confidants, he will not be seeking re-election in 2018.
Yes, you read that correctly. Paul Ryan is almost certainly going to retire from politics.
Ryan remarked to several colleagues how this day had proven they could accomplish difficult things—and that next year, they should set their sights on an even tougher challenge: entitlement reform. The speaker has since gone public with this aspiration, suggesting that 2018 should be the year Washington finally tackles what he sees as the systemic problems with Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.
Tinkering with the social safety net is a bold undertaking, particularly in an election year. But Ryan has good reason for throwing caution to the wind: His time in Congress is running short.
Despite several landmark legislative wins this year, and a better-than-expected relationship with President Donald Trump, Ryan has made it known to some of his closest confidants that this will be his final term as speaker.
He consults a small crew of family, friends and staff for career advice, and is always cautious not to telegraph his political maneuvers. But the expectation of his impending departure has escaped the hushed confines of Ryan’s inner circle and permeated the upper-most echelons of the GOP.
In recent interviews with three dozen people who know the speaker—fellow lawmakers, congressional and administration aides, conservative intellectuals and Republican lobbyists—not a single person believed Ryan will stay in Congress past 2018.
If his friends, and those who work with the embattled Prince of RINOs say he’s not staying, one would have to think that he is indeed, retiring.
Ryan was tiring of D.C. even before reluctantly accepting the speakership. He told his predecessor, John Boehner, that it would be his last job in politics—and that it wasn’t a long-term proposition. In the months following Trump’s victory, he began contemplating the scenarios of his departure.
More recently, over closely held conversations with his kitchen cabinet, Ryan’s preference has become clear: He would like to serve through Election Day 2018 and retire ahead of the next Congress.
But don’t get the impression that he’ll retire a day early, because the speaker can’t afford to admit he’s a lame-duck—his fundraising capacity and dealmaking leverage would be vastly diminished, making the House all the more difficult to govern.
When asked at the end of a Thursday morning press conference if he was leaving soon, Ryan shot a quick “no” over his shoulder as he walked out of the room.
So he’s playing the game that has gone on in politics since government began. Planning one thing behind the scenes, while putting on a rosy face of determination in public.
I guess we’ll just have to see, but here’s to hoping the insiders are right, and Ryan is planning a permanent vacation from Congress.
Mr Americana, Overpasses News Desk
December 14th, 2017
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