Paul Ryan is quitting like a coward

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It was an optimistic projection for a man who struggled to make his mark with an optimistic vision for the country. Voters are fired up amid rising opposition to President Donald Trump and sagging GOP accomplishments.

Matthew Soerens is a top official for World Relief, a so-called VOLAG or Voluntary Agency, which is paid to help settle refugees in the United States. "We need more minorities, more women in our party".

"And my kids aren't getting any younger". Ryan's speakership will be remember as one that fell flat, one that ended as abruptly as it began and with about as much lackluster. His tenure atop the House of Representatives started as a martyrdom, of sorts - Ryan said he didn't want the job but was shoehorned into it by his colleagues, and he let everyone know he was doing it out of duty, not desire. Trump had a 41-point margin on Clinton there in the 2016 election, up from Republican candidate Mitt Romney's 27-point margin. A forensic examination of his relationship with President Donald Trump, whom Ryan has supported in all the meaningful ways during these past 14 months and three weeks, commenced immediately.

"Ryan's retirement wasn't a huge shock to the political establishment and he leaves behind two prolific fundraisers in Scalise and McCarthy", said Joe Brettell, a Texas-based Republican strategist. He rewrote the tax code for the first time in two decades, something he had been talking about since the late 1990s. More than 40 House Republicans are leaving the chamber to retire or seek other offices, including a number who have voiced concern about the elections and intense dissatisfaction with the state of Washington under Trump.

No one in the GOP was better equipped, by position and disposition alike, to resist Trump's racially infused, insular nationalism, or to define a more inclusive competing vision for the party.

" I'Id broken each record which any (home) speaker has had about equality", Ryan explained around the afternoon of his retirement announcement and a afternoon after Politico reported he had raised £11.1 million at the very first quarter of 2018, bringing his total to this past year's election cycle into £ 54 million.

"I'm thankful for all Paul has done for the NRCC and am confident he has set us on a path to keep our majority. And, again, I'm not going away from the debate". But it came to a head recently in Springfield, Missouri, during a fundraising trip.

McCarthy's biggest challenge is the same one that bedeviled Paul Ryan: appeasing the Freedom Caucus wingnuts, who have long viewed him with suspicion as insufficiently conservative for their tastes. "So I really don't think it affects it".

He wants to spend more time with his family.

"That's bull. It's both".

A lifelong advocate of relaxed immigration laws, Mr. Ryan did little to stop the hard-liners who backed Mr. Trump's crackdowns and pushed for his wall on the southern border with Mexico.
Republicans in that November 2017 survey gave him an average rating of just 3.9 on the 0-to-10 scale, while Democrats and "pure" independents put him at 2.9.

Over the Easter recess, Ryan flew to Prague with his family for almost a week and discussed leaving Washington after almost a quarter century as a Capitol Hill aide and member of Congress.

Once home to US automaker plants in Kenosha and Janesville, the area from south-central Wisconsin to Milwaukee's blue-collar south side was represented by Democrat Les Aspin for more than 20 years before plant closures chipped away at its union-Democrat profile. But the whip's aides said while he and Ryan spoke Thursday morning, Scalise said nothing privately that differed from his public remarks, seemingly suggesting Ryan had gone too far.

Ever the optimist, Ryan said Congress eventually will solve America's entitlement crisis: "I'm convinced it's going to happen. Why?"

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