An aide to the Republican speaker of the House of Representatives has announced that Ryan will retire from congress at the end of the current term. At 48 he is very young by congressional standards and this has prompted immediate speculation as to why he is leaving. He has, of course, given the common and usually bogus reason of wanting to ‘spend more time with his family’.
Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday morning, Ryan insisted that he had never sought the job of speaker and that his plans to retire were focused on his desire to spend more time with his children. “If I’m here for one more term my kids will have only known me as a weekend dad,” said Ryan.
Others are suggesting that he fears that Republicans may lose their majority in November and thinks it better to bail out before that happens.
“This is a titanic, tectonic shift,” an unnamed Republican told Axios, which first reported the news. “This is going to make every Republican donor believe the House can’t be held.”
In a statement, Tyler Law, a spokesman for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, said: “Speaker Ryan sees what is coming in November, and is calling it quits rather than standing behind a House Republican agenda to increase healthcare costs for middle-class families while slashing social security and Medicare to pay for his handouts to the richest and largest corporations.”
Others are suggesting that with the passage of a massive tax cut for the wealthy, Ryan has achieved his life’s ambition.
Friends said Ryan was ready to step down after passing a tax reform bill, one of his longtime goals, Axios reported.
What kind of person has a major life goal to give tax cuts for the rich? I’ll tell you. It is a person who is a fanatical follower of Ayn Rand. But I don’t buy this reason either because it has long been Ryan’s goal to cut Social Security and Medicare and Medicaid benefits too, something he has said he fantasized about while still a college student because he is a Randian true believer who thinks that the poor are moochers and looters and parasites who leech off the hard work of the truly virtuous that comprise the one-percenters. His attitude was captured aptly by Charles Pierce who referred to him as the ‘zombie-eyed granny starver’.
So what will happen to his congressional seat?
The Wisconsin congressman also may leave behind a competitive race in his district. Although Trump won there by 10% in 2016, Barack Obama won the district in 2008 and narrowly lost it in 2012.
There is a competitive Democratic primary there between ironworker Randy Bryce and schoolteacher Cathy Myers. The only other Republican candidate running, Paul Nehlen, is a vocal antisemite and white nationalist.
We already have an openly white nationalist and anti-Semite as the Republican nominee for a congressional seat in Illinois. If another one wins the Republican primary in August, the Republican party’s true brand will be even more apparent.
I have long despised both Ryan and the media who fawned over his pretend wonkiness to treat him as some kind of serious policy thinker, when he was just one of your run-of-the-mill servants of the oligarchy who had the ability to use numbers to snow journalists. So what do I think are the real reasons for his leaving? It is the true Randian reason of wanting to make more money. He likely feels that he is most marketable to the oligarchs while he is still speaker and that if he is relegated to mere minority leader his negotiation leverage is diminished.
So say hello to Paul Ryan, future lobbyist.