Paul Ryan is running away for good
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan has announced that he will not be seeking reelection in the upcoming 2018 midterms. Assuming he follows through on this promise, he will be ending (or, at least, pausing) his political career of 19 years.
Ryan was first elected to to represent Wisconsin’s 1st congressional district in 1999, but came to prominence when he was selected as Mitt Romney’s vice presidential candidate in the 2012 presidential election. Following John Boehner’s resignation in 2015, he was chosen to be the new Speaker of the House, where he wasted no time pushing forward his anti-Obama agenda. Under the Trump presidency, Ryan has been a perfect PR stooge: publicly condemning Trump whenever he says something ridiculous, but quietly supporting all his policies behind-the-scenes.
Although Trump has achieved political victories for the GOP such as gutting the Affordable Care Act and passing the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (which was way more tax cuts for the rich, than jobs), he has also degraded their image and reputation. Because of his embarrassments, some Republican congressmen have announced this year that they will not be returning for the reelection, including Bob Corker and Jeff Flake.
However, Ryan has been clear in claiming that his departure has nothing to do with Trump, praising the President for “for giving us this opportunity to get the country on the right track.” Instead, Ryan’s alleged reasons revolve around him wanting to spend more time with his family and become a “Sunday dad.”
This would be believable if the Speaker had worked to aid the average American, but for the duration of his career he was notorious for campaigning for legislation that would help the richest one percent while attacking the impoverished, such as cutting food stamps and social security. He was even infamous for worshipping Objectivist philosopher Ayn Rand, who literally encouraged people to pursue selfishness as a means of achieving happiness.
No, it seems more likely that Ryan is departing because he has little chance of winning a reelection. By pressing for the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, he revealed his true colors to Wisconsinites who fell for his pseudo-populist image, brought about by Ryan growing up on welfare and remaining a strong Catholic. Without this last bastion of hope, it comes as no surprise that his Democratic opponent, Randy “IronStache” Bryce, has made strong headway.
And of course, who wants to be the Speaker of the House who got swept out by the Blue Wave that experts say is coming? Now, if Trump is impeached, or even found guilty of treason, Ryan can write a book claiming he was shocked and appalled, appalled I tell you, and couldn’t carry on. And then run for President.
Many Republicans will miss Ryan, but most Americans won’t. He was a political thorn in the side of the country who worked to ensure poor people would have harder time making it up the economic ladder. The word sociopath does not even begin to describe his evil ego.