The irrelevancy of Paul Ryan

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Trump might well decide that, rather than prolong the agony, he will call it quits after one term and return to his "truly classy" lair at Trump Tower-so much nicer than the "stupid" White House. The political fallout may not be so easy to control.

"It doesn't send a message at all" that Republicans are anxious they'll lose the majority, insisted Pennsylvania Rep. Ryan Costello, one of the GOP lawmakers retiring in the face of a difficult-looking re-election campaign. Now some wonder aloud if the GOP grip on the House majority is already lost. In other words, he was making decisions based on the fact that he thought she was going to win, and he wanted a job.

"As to Syria itself, Bashar Assad and his enablers in Tehran and Moscow have committed another mass atrocity on people in Syria", Ryan said. National polls now show Trump enjoys dominant approval ratings among Republicans, with 86 percent of party voters now supporting the president in the latest Quinnipiac Poll, a dramatic increase from his position before the 2016 elections.

On some level the impact is symbolic.

Imagine if Ryan had refused to support his party's noxious nominee and had spoken out consistently against him. For Republicans fighting for their political survival, it's hard not to take Ryan's decision as vote of no confidence.

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After remaining non-committal during recent months when asked about campaigning for re-election this coming November, Ryan cited his family as the impetus behind his decision to step down in January 2019, when he will have completed his 20th year in Congress.

In 2012, Ryan, who then was chairman of the House Budget Committee, unveiled a plan with Sen. Judge Michael Screnock, who was backed by the Republican Party, won the district by 6 points, while loosing by 12 points statewide to the more liberal Judge Rebecca Dallet. "Democrats are going to walk a mile on broken glass to vote against the president". "Two or three briefings is about what I had with James Comey", Ryan, who announced his retirement last week, told NBC's Chuck Todd on "Meet the Press".

While Amodei appeared probably the very upfront regarding his fantasies, Rep. Tom Graves, " R-Ga., signaled to Politico that "his most powerful leadership inplace" would yield more success in the mid-terms, as energized Democrats may actually get a exact realistic prospect of successful roughly 2 dozen GOP-held House chairs to retake the chamber. The midterm is expected to be tougher, and costlier, than ever, especially amid the expanding battleground of open seats, which usually lack the built-in campaign apparatus of incumbency. If the Mueller findings are damning enough, however, at least a few of the more moderate GOP senators will abandon him-as will some percentage of Trump-friendly but not Trump-fanatical voters. Those doubts are clear in the way they talk about the fight to replace Ryan.

Ryan expressed gratitude for having served as leader of the House Republican Conference since 2015, a post he reluctantly took after his predecessor, John Boehner, departed under pressure from a conservatives.

For many Republicans, Ryan has been "a steady force in contrast to the president's more mercurial tone", said Rep. Mark Sanford of SC.

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