From the Left: Paul Ryan's curdled idealism

Paul Ryan’s retirement A ‘self-promotion’ that makes sense

Ryan's rise to the speakership is a reminder of just how much congressional leadership's authority has evolved.

The announcement caught others by surprise, and instilled fear among Republicans who were expecting Ryan to campaign with lawmakers across the country in the coming months. The Californian began as the favorite for the speaker's job when John Boehner quit in frustration in 2015, but he was thwarted by personal problems and criticism from his party's right wing. When asked about not sticking around to see the trillion-dollar deficits now forecast to follow the tax cut, Ryan pointed to the need to reform entitlements - Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security.

President Donald Trump, with whom Ryan has had a tense relationship at times, praised the Ryan on Twitter. A leadership contest, most likely featuring Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California and Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana, will soon ensue unless the latter decides to defer to the former's seniority. "Not only on who is the speaker but who's going to be minority leader".

It's tough enough to go from being the speaker to being a regular member of the House - if his colleagues decide to blame him for their losses, it will be downright humiliating.

"You realize something when you take this job", Ryan told reporters on Capitol Hill on Wednesday morning.

Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, predicted Wednesday that the race to replace Ryan as speaker will be settled before the midterm elections.

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But its occurrence at this particular moment, with the GOP struggling to hang onto control of the House, and with the perpetual restlessness of House conservatives never far from the surface, could be more than a little problematic.

However, a lot of "former" congressmen have moved on to the presidency, and come January 2019, that's exactly what Paul Ryan will be. "It's just another issue that's floating out there, and obviously there's going to be some competition for his successor".

In the meantime, the scramble to succeed Ryan atop the Republican conference - if not the House majority - could prove intense, some said.

Another Republican mentioned as a potential candidate is longtime Ryan family friend and backer Bryan Steil, an attorney and member of the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents.

Ryan was listed as a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee target in 2018, and the DCCC added ironworker Randy Bryce to its "Red to Blue" program for promising candidates, which provides additional committee support. Bernie Sanders and NARAL Pro-Choice America, faces a Democratic primary challenge from Janesville teacher Cathy Myers. That includes $2.1 million in the first quarter of 2018. We are proud of Paul and the work he has achieved over the years. He said he was announcing his retirement now because to run for re-election and then retire would have been the dishonest thing to do.

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