Well, suddenly it appears that for at least one member of the Satan’s cabal we call the GOP congressional caucus, there is a very good reason to be in a hurry to not only ram through stunning tax cuts for the uber rich while kicking everybody else to the curb, but also to take the politically suicidal path of attempting massive entitlement reform in an election year, especially one in which you’re look at getting shellacked. And the reason for that haste is because you eant to get this shit done before you go.
Politico is reporting based on interviews with more than more than 30 people close to him, Paul Ryan has hit the wall. He has confided to them that this will be his last term in congress, and it will also be the last elective office he will seek.And this is not a decision he reached in the last few days or hours, it has been a long time coming;
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. This would give Ryan a final legislative year to chase his second white whale, entitlement reform, while using his unrivaled fundraising prowess to help protect the House majority—all with the benefit of averting an ugly internecine power struggle during election season.
The article also goes into some detail about a fact that people who have followed this madhouse have known for quite a while, Paul Ryan hates his job as Speaker of the House. He wasn’t just playing hard-to-get to increase his power when he resisted the post, as a close ally of former Speaker John Boehner, he knew full well what a vipers next he would be steeping into, and for a man close to his family, the stress and travel was not something he coveted or chased.
There are a couple of other reasons for Ryan to seriously consider leaving now, on top. His legislative nightmare going into next year is a Faustian nightmare. As Politico points out, there is the debt ceiling extension, adjusting spending caps, the DACA issue, fund the government, and toss out disaster relief. Also, there is his personal legacy to consider. Trump’s approval ratings are cratering, even in ruby red Alabama, a state in which he swamped Hillary in 2016, his popularity is under 50%, and at 58% is dead even with people who don’t like him anymore. More importantly, people who strongly disapprove of the job he is doing outnumber the people who strongly approve of him. And as is becoming clear all over the country, the days of entrenched GOP incumbents running unopposed or against poorly funded, disorganized opposition for reelection are over. In races in Virginia where the Democratic party didn’t exactly step up to the plate with financial help, grassroots donations allowed candidates to outspend their GOP opponents by wide margins, and even to decline special interest contributions to maintain their independence with voters. Steve Bannon will make it a personal mission to primary Ryan, and he already has an opponent on the books for the general election. Why put himself and his family through that if he is no longer passionate for the life?
So, while there is nothing officially said yet, if this reporting is true, it would be a stunning revelation. Not only will it mean the departure of a fanatical ideologue whose only passion is the dismantlement of the social safety net that he personally benefited from, but it would make the possibility of a Bannon inspired and funded Trombie shithead to win a low turnout primary, increasing the chances of a Democrat picking up that open seat in November. I ain’t shedding any tears for Eddie Munster, good riddance to the supercilious bastard.