Paul Ryan is one of the least-liked Republicans in American history, and as Speaker of the House following a weepy John Boehner, Ryan somehow became even more hated than before. Mocked constantly for his goofy appearance, Ryan often looks like an emotionally battered child. Now, it seems, this treatment has finally caught up with the House Speaker.
According to POLITICO, Ryan’s time as House Speaker is coming to a close.
“Ryan was tiring of D.C. even before reluctantly accepting the speakership. He told his predecessor, John Boehner, that it would be his last job in politics—and that it wasn’t a long-term proposition. In the months following Trump’s victory, he began contemplating the scenarios of his departure. More recently, over closely held conversations with his kitchen cabinet, Ryan’s preference has become clear: He would like to serve through Election Day 2018 and retire ahead of the next Congress.”
Ryan has reportedly spoken out about his decision to leave to many colleagues, leading to the leak:
“He consults a small crew of family, friends and staff for career advice, and is always cautious not to telegraph his political maneuvers. But the expectation of his impending departure has escaped the hushed confines of Ryan’s inner circle and permeated the upper-most echelons of the GOP.”
Paul Ryan has been a member of Congress since 1999, and although he “reluctantly” took the position as Speaker of the House, he seemed hopeful that 2018 would be the year that Congress finally address the issue of medicare and social security.
“Ryan has never loved the job; he oozes aggravation when discussing intra-party debates over “micro-tactics,” and friends say he feels like he’s running a daycare center. On a personal level, going home at the end of next year would allow Ryan, who turns 48 next month, to keep promises to family; his three children are in or entering their teenage years, and Ryan, whose father died at 55, wants desperately to live at home with them full-time before they begin flying the nest. The best part of this scenario, people close to the speaker emphasize: He wouldn’t have to share the ballot with Trump again in 2020.”
So long, Paul. Don’t let the House door hit you on the way out.