Okay, now it’s safe to believe it: House Speaker Paul Ryan announced that he will not run for reelection this November and is retiring from Congress. The news rocked Washington, which is the only place where people are shocked at the idea of someone stepping aside after only two decades in what was originally supposed to be a temporary public service position.
Of course, this is being touted by the media as a sign of the Apocalypse for Republicans; Ryan realizing that a giant blue wave is coming because everyone hates Trump, and Democrats are set to take back the House and hand the gavel back to that genius of public policy, Nancy Pelosi. It couldn’t possibly be that he thinks that having achieved the tax reform he’s been trying to pass for 20 years, he can finally move on; or that he recognizes that Republicans are furious over the $1.3 trillion spending bill he helped craft and he senses an uprising from the right. Or maybe that he’s just sick of dealing with all this political sniping and second-guessing. Nah!
Here’s an instructive sidelight: while the media press the narrative that Ryan is fleeing because Trump is such a horrid barbarian…and while other Republicans who are retiring have no qualms about attacking their own party’s President as a boor who doesn’t know how to behave in polite society…Trump tweeted this on Ryan’s retirement:
“Speaker Paul Ryan is a truly good man, and while he will not be seeking re-election, he will leave a legacy of achievement that nobody can question. We are with you Paul!”
Yeah, what a crude, unmannered thug that guy is…
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