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Paul Ryan is quitting like a coward

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Ellis Copeland | 16 April, 2018, 02:17

Another factor, Ryan said, was that he has gotten much of what he wanted done. His stint as Speaker will certainly not be remembered as a time when the already-fractured and disoriented Republican party was able to band together in a moment ripe with political potential for conservative policy change.

While acquiescing in this spending binge, Ryan had to bite his tongue and pretend that he didn't hear the president praising neo-Nazis, defending Confederate monuments, vilifying mainly African American National Football League players, referring to African countries, Haiti and El Salvador as "shitholes", demonizing immigrants as rapists and murderers, endorsing an accused child molester for the Senate and committing a thousand other infractions against common decency.

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.

"I have given this job everything I have", Ryan said.

Rep. Mark Walker (R-N.C.), chairman of the conservative Republican Study Committee, told reporters he thinks Ryan may make a final push on entitlement reforms this year.

But after a long internal battle about poorly drafted, unclear healthcare proposals Ryan spearheaded and with dissenting Republicans refusing to support the cornerstone, party line legislation, Ryan was unable to make good on his promise. This is why he had to push back against suspicions he is leaving before a political deluge engulfs House Republicans this fall. Yet with 9 in 10 Democratic voters disapproving Trump's performance as special counsel Robert Mueller 's investigation closes in, leaders of a Democratic House could not prevent a 2019 impeachment drive even if they considered it counterproductive.

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However, Louisiana's Scalise has indicated he won't challenge McCarthy if the California lawmaker seeks the speakership.

"Honored to have Republican Congressional Leadership join me at the @WhiteHouse this evening", Trump tweeted. He has hauled in $54 million so far this election cycle.

And besides, the strategist said, the GOP message heading to November is the same. "It's just another issue that's floating out there, and obviously there's going to be some competition for his successor".

Ryan's allies insist the party's top fundraiser and champion of a crisp GOP message remains in full force.

In Wisconsin, the most likely Republican candidate for Ryan's seat is state Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, multiple Republicans in the state said. He paid off at least a couple of old debts shortly after announcing his candidacy -one to a former girlfriend who had loaned him almost $2,000 almost two decades ago. Janesville teacher Cathy Myers has also been running on the Democratic side.

The only declared Republicans so far are white supremacist Paul Nehlen, who was banned from Twitter earlier this year for a series of posts criticized as racist and anti-Semitic, and Nick Polce, an Army veteran who co-owns a security-consulting firm. "When I look at that picture, Mr. Speaker, I have to say, I don't see anybody that looks like me in terms of color or gender", said King.

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