Published: Mon, April 16, 2018

EJ Dionne Jr.: Paul Ryan Departs, His Conservatism Adrift

EJ Dionne Jr.: Paul Ryan Departs, His Conservatism Adrift

Ryan responded by explaining that he wants to recruit more minorities to Congress. "What was the surprise was that he was announcing it before the election..."

"Sometimes when someone is leaving they become more bold and not less", Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), head of the arch-conservative House Freedom Caucus, told reporters. Join us in a conversation about world events, the newsgathering process or whatever aspect of the news universe you find interesting or important.

"This is going to be a challenging year", Pennsylvania Rep. Charlie Dent said.

Between the obstinance of the knuckle-draggers in the so-called Freedom Caucus and the unpredictable, weird world of President Trump, it is easy to confuse Ryan as part of the problem.

The front-runner to lead House Republicans is House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, though his rise is far from certain. And it threw the House into a leadership battle that could end up pushing Ryan aside sooner than he intended and crush any hopes for significant legislation before the election.

House Republicans tend to replace their leaders after disappointing elections, though in this case much of the blame should fall to Trump.


One of the owners, Joe Quarena, said Ryan's political success has brought attention to Janesville, particularly when he was a Vice Presidential candidate and Mitt Romney's running mate in 2012. As of Wednesday morning, the most likely Republican candidate is state Assembly Speaker Robin Vos. It will also formally set of a frenzy for the role of House Republican leader, which given the current state of the 2018 map may be a race for speaker - or minority leader. "So, you can see there's an energized part of the Democratic Party now".

But a top GOP fundraiser, Eric Tanenblatt, expects Ryan to remain a force in a tough cycle. "Donors who are committed to making sure Republicans hold onto the majority will do whatever they have to do to make that happen", he said. He didn't want to spend so much time fundraising for the GOP, and away from his family.

Ryan said that their cheery expressions were because they were celebrating all of their accomplishments, but King cut in to point out that the photograph was rather homogenous. David Craig. Longtime Ryan friend Bryan Steil, an attorney and University of Wisconsin Board of Regents member, could throw his hat into the ring.

Democrat Randy Bryce, an ironworker who has cultivated the "IronStache" moniker, had been Ryan's best-known challenger, drawing liberal support from around the country. That includes $2.1 million in the first quarter of 2018.

Before Wednesday, it was widely assumed among some Ryan confidants that to preserve his standing and to raise lots of money for embattled House Republicans, he'd run for another term, then win and retire.

Conservatives may actually desire that the speakership vote to be held following the elections, even to give associates that are new, " a vote, perhaps not outgoing ones.

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