House Speaker Paul Ryan Won't Run For Reelection

Update IV: And now the headlines from the Ryan presser are rolling in...



Here's the video...


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Update III: It's official.

Paul Ryan's office has confirmed to the Wall Street Journal that he won't seek reelection later this year.

"After nearly 20 years in the House, the speaker is proud of all that has been accomplished and is ready to devote more of his time to being a husband and a father," said Ryan aide Brendan Buck. "While he did not seek the position, he told his colleagues that serving as speaker has been the professional honor of his life, and he thanked them for the trust they placed in him."

According to a source "familiar with Ryan's decision making" he decided not to seek re-election while on a recent spring break vacation with his family in Europe. He decided he couldn't commit to serving another full two-year term and didn’t wish to ask voters to elect him if he were to resign.

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Update II: Just minutes before Paul Ryan was supposed to begin his press conference (where he would purportedly announce his decision to retire), it appears President Trump has offered what appears to be an official confirmation.

"Speaker Paul Ryan is a good man, and while he will not be seeking re-election, he will leave a legacy of achievement that nobody can question. We are with you Paul!"



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Update: Ryan will reportedly discuss his decision to retire at an impromptu press conference called for 10 am ET.

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Meanwhile, one of Ryan's Congressional opponents, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer, said Ryan is "a good man" who is "always true to his word." He added that he hopes Ryan uses his time left in Congress to work with Democrats - and that Dems would be eager to work with Ryan if he is willing.

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Days after Paul Ryan reportedly laughed off rumors (allegedly sourced by Politico from interviews with 30 friends, colleagues and confidants) that he won't be running for re-election in November, a literal deluge of reports hit Wednesday morning suggesting that an announcement from the speaker about his plans to retire instead of running again in the fall is imminent.

While Axios was first to report it, Politico, the New York Times, NBC News and CNN quickly confirmed.



CNN said Ryan is expected to address his plans during a closed-door meeting of the GOP conference Wednesday morning.

According to Axios, Ryan told a confidant he will soon announce that he won't run for reelection in November. By not running, Ryan would essentially be quitting while he's ahead since Democrats are expected to make significant gains in November, possibly even retaking the majorities in both chambers of Congress. The speaker apparently has little interest in serving as minority leader - a post he has never held.


In a separate report published shortly after Axios went to press with its story, Politico said Ryan told two colleagues on Wednesday morning that he isn't planning to run in the fall.

One Republican insider told Axios that Ryan's decision would benefit his colleague, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

One of Washington’s best-wired Republicans said:

"This is a Titanic, tectonic shift. … This is going to make every Republican donor believe the House can’t be held." The announcement will help Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in his fundraising because "the Senate becomes the last bastion," the Republican said.

Ryan would serve out the rest of his term as speaker. Politico added that Steve Scalise - the Majority whip who was wounded during last year's shooting at a Congressional baseball practice - would succeed Ryan as leader, bypassing Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy. Axios says Scalise and McCarthy are the two most likely candidates to succeed Ryan. The NYT said Ryan's exist would trigger a "succession battle" between the two men.

"Friends" of Ryan say he's ready to leave Congress now that he's passed tax reform - a longtime dream. He's also tired of the endless frustration of working with President Trump. While there's no "good" time to leave, Ryan says he might as well bow out while he's on top - and that he's ready to live as a private citizen.

Of course, Ryan, who was the Republicans' Vice Presidential nominee in 2012, hasn't ruled out another run for the country's highest office.

Ryan's exit would contrast mightily with that of the previous Republican speaker, John Boehner. Reports that Boehner would leave (or, more accurately, that he was being pushed out by a mutiny of conservative Republicans) dribbled out for months before the speaker made his announcement the day after Pope Francis made a papal address to Congress in 2015. Unlike Boehner - who resigned his seat before leaving Congress altogether - Ryan would remain as speaker until he leaves office at the beginning of the next Congress (that is, assuming these reports are accurate and that he really is planning to retire).

Ryan wouldn't be alone in his decision not to run: Dozens of Republican lawmakers in competitive districts have opted not to run again rather than risk being crushed by a Democratic wave. But his departure could inspire even more rank-and-file Republicans to throw in the tile, the NYT said.

But there is one similarity between the circumstances surrounding Boehner and Ryan's exits. Both stood up for a version of Republicanism that, ultimately, lost out.




gdpetti Dickguzinya Wed, 04/11/2018 - 11:13 Permalink

No... he's one of the many supported by billionaires... he fronts for their interests... he's smart to get the F out before everything comes crashing down....let the rest of the puppet herd stay on board ship as it sinks.. Titanic analogy (even if that was an insurance scam using its sister ship). Trumpy is different only in that he had his own money... but still belonged to the Jewish money crowd that he grew up with, trained and educated with... daughter married into etc.. he's tied like the rest... to the Satanists... but apparently he doesn't know it... same as most of them... and with an ego like his, there's no way out... unless he truly goes rogue... Is that even possible? Most of those with any smarts, exit like Ryan.

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Muppet DeadFred Wed, 04/11/2018 - 11:39 Permalink

Paul Ryan sold out the USA to Puerto Rico.  Shortly after Ryan became speaker, he led and passed the bill for US taxpayers to backstop Puerto Rico municipal bonds.   He said he also appointed a blue ribbon panel of experts so US taxpayers had nothing to worry about.  


Ryan disgraced himself.  What a shame 

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MrAToZ BaBaBouy Wed, 04/11/2018 - 17:06 Permalink

Another pickpocket hits the road. Ryan is such a ruthless tool. He's the guy who smiles shakes, your hand and pats you on the back while your bedazzled by his strange and ugly face. An hour later you find your wallet missing while trying to pay for your drink at the bar.



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Endgame Napoleon ZENDOG Wed, 04/11/2018 - 12:24 Permalink

Republicans and Democrats represent 1) the interests of their pro-cheap-labor donors and 2) the welfare-eligible, womb-productive citizens / noncitizens who work cheaply on a part-time basis for the donor class. 

Republicans and Democrats in Congress do not represent 50 million working-aged US citizens out of the workforce, nor do they represent non-welfare-eligible citizens in the bottom half of the so-called “employed” population of this country who make on-average $13,000 per year.

Both prospective House Speaker replacements appear to support a status-quo agenda on the issue of highest priority to Deplorables: stopping illegal, mass-scale, wage-cutting, welfare-aided immigration that undercuts non-welfare-eligible citizens in the labor market. 

These are the US citizens who must cover rent that absorbs more than half of their pay and all other bills on earned-only income, and many of them voted straight-ticket Republican last time, although Republicans refuse to represent them even on the central issue of immigration. 

On the key issue of immigration, there seems to be only one significant policy difference between the two prospective House Speakers.

McCarthy does not care that single, childless citizens and single moms with kids over 18 are undercut by single-earner moms with welfare-hoisted wages or other unearned income that makes it easy for them to accept low pay and part-time hours

This includes moms with spousal income, moms with child support that covers rent and single moms with free rent, free groceries, monthly cash assistance, free electricity, up to $6,431 in refundable EITC child tax credits and absurdly subsidized daycare so that they can work part time, staying below the earned-income limits for the monthly welfare programs. 

The difference is that McCarthy is against undercutting underemployed, male citizens by extending the welfare potpourri that makes low-wage, male-dominated jobs feasible to legal / illegal immigrants.

Scalise favors the Goodlatte, McCaul, Labrador, McSally bill, which claims [in a vague way] to reduce new legal immigration from the current 1-million-per-year number, but does not specify the reduction, like 250,000, which is the reasonable amount of new legal immigration preferred by Black Americans, according to a Harvard study.…

This Goodlatte, McCaul, Labrador, McSally bill—favored by Scalise—increases “skilled” immigration without specifying what that means. Are they defining MDs as “skilled,” or do they mean IT workers, like the super-skilled and super-educated, middle-aged, male citizen described in the linked article who was rejected for a tech industry job that he was very qualified for, like many US citizens undercut by visa workers.…

The Goodlatte, McCaul, Labrador, McSally bill accomodates agricultural workers, which is reasonable, assuming the temporary visa holders just work in agriculture without the option to undercut underemployed, male citizens in areas like construction. Construction unions have tried to get Republicans to agree to that restriction, but they favor the cheap-labor employers of visa holders and the citizens of Mexico over the US citizens who stand in long lines to vote for them.

This is one reason why wages for male citizens have not risen in 40 years and why half of non-womb-productive, non-welfare-eligible, American men in their prime earning years — 18 to 34 — live with their parents in adulthood, as rent consumes more than half of their earned-only income.

The Goodlatte, McCaul, Labrador, McSally bill—favored by Scalise—also undercuts non-womb-productive and other non-welfare-eligible, underemployed, female US citizens in the labor market by ensuring that womb-productive DACAs [under 35] compete for jobs with underemployed citizens. 

Their US-born and often womb-productive, welfare-eligible, female siblings also compete for the many mom-dominated jobs, armed with lots of pay for sex and reproduction from governent that makes it easy for them to accept rock-bottom wages, driving wages far below livable levels for non-welfare-eligible, female citizens, like single, childless women and single moms with kids over 18. We have to cover rent that absorbs more than half of our earned-only income and all other bills on the low monthly pay only.

DACAs compete with non-welfare-eligible, female citizens for the many “voted best for moms” office jobs that are dominated by moms with spousal income, moms with child support that covers rent and single moms with layers of monthly welfare for out-of-wedlock reproduction.

Never has there been a more boldly discriminatory group than these frequently absentee mom-gang employees. Many office-job ads now call for “Spanish speakers,” and Republicans will see even more female citizens trying to vote against this reverse discrimination, as we did when voting for Trump.

It is no longer just construction crews and factory floors, employing male illegal aliens and legal immigrants in single-earner households, with their noncitizen, non-working wives collecting welfare for multiple US-born kids, not after 40 years of illegal immigration, welfare-augmented wages for womb-productive illegal border crossers and birthright citizenship, which this bill does not address.

America has many majority-minority office jobs in cities with an 80% white population, and many of these reverse-discrimination rings hire mostly moms with pay from government for sex and reproduction that makes it easy for them to accept low wages and part-time hours or temp work. 

Many legal / illegal immigrants need fewer hours of work and low wages to keep them below the earned-income limit for monthly welfare and the cut off for refundable EITC child tax credits that, at the $6,431 max, equal 3 months of full-time pay for millions of non-welfare-eligible, non-womb-productive citizens of this country. 

Likely Republican voters are mostly over 40 and, except for the cheap-labor employers among them, more likely to be in categories of labor undercut by almost everything in the Goodlatte, McCaul, Labrador, McSally bill, whether they are underemployed and non-welfare-eligible female citizens or underemployed and non-welfare-eligible male citizens. 

This is really just a bill that starts a European-style guest-worker program for the cheap-labor lobby. The only things that sound good are 1) the mandatory eVerify and 2) the wall funding. But eVerify won’t help that much if more cheap-labor visas are issued. And the wall funding is left open-ended. 

Deplorables will not be fooled by partial funding for a slice of wall or fence funding. Many Deplorables do not have the economic luxury to be concerned with immigration only as a crime issue. We must be concerned with decreasing unfair competition in the labor market from welfare-boosted immigrants (and citizens) who get paid by the US government to have sex and reproduce, thereby rigging the labor market with workers can accept low pay due to Republican-endorsed socialism for some citizens and noncitizens.. 

Who needs Democrats when this socialism-for-some system is supported by Republicans? Republicans-in-name-only are just ensuring that their cheap-labor donors have plenty of citizen and noncitizen employees with multiple, pay-per-birth financial incentives from governent to work part time for low wages that keep them below the earned-income limits for the monthly welfare programs and the cut offs for the refundable child tax credits.

These congressmen are also just kissing up to their future corporate employers by representing the citizens of other countries that provide their campaign donors with a cheap labor pool. Those cheap-labor employers fund their campaigns, making sure they get Swamp jobs that pay $174k, and then hiring them and their associates as lobbyists after they leave The Swamp.


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Deep Snorkeler Ted19731950 Wed, 04/11/2018 - 10:50 Permalink

It's OK for the elite to avoid taxes by shifting $millions

over to the Caymans and Luxembourg and other tax havens,

while poor working Americans must pay their share

and perform military service.  Romney and Ryan are classic examples

of the pseudo-patriot, draft dodging, tax criminal upper caste,

like Trumpy and many others.


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DownWithYogaPants Disgruntled Goat Wed, 04/11/2018 - 09:26 Permalink

Seriously a leftist would have been an improvement.  

Ryan is even worse:  A Private Central Banking Cartel Puppet. 

Much much worse.  

At least a leftist will sometimes accidentally do something right.  It's not often but it happens. The banksters pass down generation to generation how to thoroughly and completely milk the people dry and not leave a single stitch or stick of value.

Just to be clear I think things like BLM and the SJW's are bankster's puppets too.

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Bravo Two Zero Dr. Engali Wed, 04/11/2018 - 09:23 Permalink

Its hard to fathom that no one remembers how many times they have used this line - that Ryan's on the way out - to push the pressure release valve on everyone's outrage. He ain't going nowhere folks.

November 4, 2016


March 27, 2018

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Dickguzinya j0nx Wed, 04/11/2018 - 11:14 Permalink

The question is, why won't any of the conservatives in the House, run for House Speaker, now that vagina face is out of the picture?  They claim to have a Conserative block in both the senate and the house, however, none of the so called Conservatives make a run for Speaker or head of the Senate.

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onewayticket2 attila404 Wed, 04/11/2018 - 09:15 Permalink

This just means NOTHING of value is getting done in the next year.   In fact, I'd bet he goes full liberal to appease the cocktail party circuit (oh, wait...he just did in this last "budget") for once he gets out.


Might be the end of the Trump Agenda right here.   Hate to say it.  


interesting it happens a day after the Stalinists raided a private atty.

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bshirley1968 bmw550i Wed, 04/11/2018 - 09:20 Permalink

Yep. This is a clear sign something big is upon us.

No way this neocon slob gives up this position willingly. He knows some serious shit is about to erupt, and he doesn't want to be at the helm or even close to it when it happens.

And to all you Trumptards out there that imagine it's your dear leader's war with the swamp that is running Ryan off, all I can say is "you can't fix stupid". Yeah, Trump is about to hand the Democrats one of their biggest wins ever. He's about to get us in a big time shooting war, and he has demolished our "fiscal" policy......or what was left of it, and set us up for a major default....soon.

I am starting to think Trump was the Democrats double agent. They knew they couldn't get hillary in so they ran Trump as a direct opposite. He wins on the pent up anger towards Hillary and Barrack, and then goes on to do everything she would have done anyway. He keeps feeding the facade by talking about the Wall, tariffs, tax breaks, and bashing dems. BUT Pelosi and Schummer are happy with the Tax Bill. The wars go on and even escalate. No wall. And that out-of-nowhere supreme Court justice pick is suspect to me. Remember how we all thought Justice Roberts was a conservative God-send right up to the point he gave us obamacare?

Just saying nothing meaningful has changed since Trump took office. Hell, he's even given more "gun control" than Obama did. No, Paul Ryan is leaving because economically, geopolitically, and domestically shit is about to get real.

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Scuba Steve bshirley1968 Wed, 04/11/2018 - 09:35 Permalink

Sentimental hogwash.

If you'd studied Trump thru the years, you'd know he dont work like that, his ego is his empire. He built it, nobody else did , good or bad. You dont talk out of both sides of your mouth about Russia if you were secret double lib agent.

He is wading thru the power swamp eggshells.

If he gets a second term,  the cannons come out on all Political and non-political foes that have come against him.


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Vendetta Wed, 04/11/2018 - 09:03 Permalink

Passing tax reform was a longtime dream ..  really? What bullshit.  Now he can run off and get big money being a lobbyist to further fuck up the country just like all these fuckers in both parties 

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Jeffersonian Liberal roadhazard Wed, 04/11/2018 - 09:14 Permalink

He and the others wouldn't have to worry about being in the minority if he and the other RINOs in the Establishment Party had rallied around Trump and the mandate from the American people to enact Trump's campaign promises.

But the Establishment Party does not like competition from outside the Establishment Party.

Their goal was to destroy Trump, which they have worked toward every chance they got.

If they lose both houses, they will have succeeded in their mission.

Those who turned out en mass to vote against Hilary "I Helped My Husband Get Away With Rape" Clinton and Bernie "I'm An Old-School Communist" Sanders MUST turn out the vote this November to make sure the DemonRats do not take a majority in either house.

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