The persistent rumor bruited about in Washington that House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (D-Wisc.) will resign was given more currency on Wednesday morning. According to the Axios website, Ryan will tell Congress that he will not seek re-election. Also, according to the New York Times, Ryan has already told friends and colleagues of his decision. An annoucement is expected on Wednesday morning when members of the House Republican caucus hold their regular weekly meeting.
Ryan is one of the youngest men to ever hold the position of Speaker. He has overseen a turbulent two years, during which he challenged rebellious Republicans but also secured a large tax cut. However, he failed to repeal Obamacare or to singificantly cut federal spending or the deficit. Also, his goal of affording more accountability to social spending programs has faced opposition even from within his own party.
Ryan was facing headwinds in the current mid-term election where several Democrats are challenging him for his seat. Progressive groups have provided lots of cash in an effort to defeat him and thus send a message to President Donald Trump. Reportedly, Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) and Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) are vying to replace Ryan.
Derek Hunter -- a contributing editor at The Daily Caller -- was dismissive of the news of Ryan's departure. He tweeted: "Who cares? He didn't cut spending, he didn't shrink government...He was [Minority Leader] Nancy Pelosi on a longer timeline. Both parties are big government parties."
Everyone is getting their nipples in a twist about the prospect of Paul Ryan retiring. Who cares? He didn't cut spending, he didn't shrink government, the bills he passed were half-measures. He was Nancy Pelosi working on a longer timeline. Both parties are big government parties— Derek Hunter (@derekahunter) April 11, 2018