Monday, April 16, 2018
Ryan made his decision to leave for all the obvious reasons. His position as Speaker was imperiled by the widely anticipated "blue wave," and there was no guarantee that even his seat in the House was safe. It was a lot easier being Speaker under Obama, when all he had to do was lead a chorus of Republicans chanting "no." Most important, though, he must despise having to defer to the whims of a buffoon like Tr*mp.
Quite possibly, he does want to spend more time with his teenage children, who are just the right age to start reading Ayn Rand novels. He'll also have opportunities to start making some serious money on the lecture circuit and as the leader of some Koch-funded superPAC. I don't expect him to become a lobbyist, but doors certainly will be open.
What Ryan seems to enjoy most of all is playing the role of "smartest person in the room," so we can expect to see his teddy bear ears flapping regularly on cable news. In the meanwhile, he remains Speaker; and it will be interesting to see if his lame-duck status frees him up to be just a little bit more critical of the Administration. Personally, I don't believe his "courage" is up to the task.