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Paul Ryan Sees His Wild Washington Journey Coming to An End
Politico ^ | 12/14/2017 | TIM ALBERTA and RACHAEL BADE

Posted on 12/14/2017 10:23:07 AM PST by Beave Meister

Spirits were high inside the House chamber on Thursday, November 16, when, in the early afternoon, the gavel fell and a measure to rewrite the American tax code passed on a partisan tally of 227 to 205. As the deciding votes were cast—recorded in green on the black digital scoreboard suspended above the floor—the speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, threw his head back and slammed his hands together. Soon he was engulfed in a sea of dark suits, every Republican lawmaker wanting to slap him on the shoulder and be a part of his moment.

Ryan was the man of the hour. Having spent a quarter-century in Washington—as an intern, waiter, junior think-tanker, Hill staffer and, since 1999, as a member of Congress—he had never wavered in his obsession with fixing what he viewed as the nation’s two fundamental weaknesses: its Byzantine tax system and ballooning entitlement state. Now, with House Republicans celebrating the once-in-a-generation achievement of a tax overhaul, Ryan was feeling both jubilant and relieved—and a little bit greedy. Reveling in the afterglow, Ryan remarked to several colleagues how this day had proven they could accomplish difficult things—and that next year, they should set their sights on an even tougher challenge: entitlement reform. The speaker has since gone public with this aspiration, suggesting that 2018 should be the year Washington finally tackles what he sees as the systemic problems with Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.

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KEYWORDS: congress; democrats; donaldtrump; draintheswamp; gop; gope; hor; maga; paulryan; rinos; ryan; swamp; thedonald; trump; trumpwinsagain; winning; wisconsin
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Sometimes the Swamp drains itself....
1 posted on 12/14/2017 10:23:07 AM PST by Beave Meister
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To: Beave Meister

McConnell should follow his lead...


2 posted on 12/14/2017 10:23:38 AM PST by Hotlanta Mike ("You can avoid reality, but you can't avoid the consequences of avoiding reality.")
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To: Beave Meister

That’s what’s so interesting. President Trump doesn’t have to drain the swamp. It’s self-draining.


3 posted on 12/14/2017 10:23:47 AM PST by Not A Snowbird (A year in Arizona... and I haven't burst into flames yet.)
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To: Beave Meister

This punk will now do everything he can to stop Trump, just like flake and mccainiac. There is no tomorrow for him and he hates the fact that Trump was elected against ryan’s wishes.


4 posted on 12/14/2017 10:25:49 AM PST by JoSixChip (Repeal and replace the gopE.)
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To: Beave Meister

if he loses an election, he cannot take his warchest with him. if he retires, he can.


5 posted on 12/14/2017 10:26:37 AM PST by teeman8r (Armageddon won't be pretty, but it's not like it's the end of the world.)
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To: Beave Meister

Well, the RINO’s are dropping like flies. I’d like to see more Lying Leftist Dems gone as well.


6 posted on 12/14/2017 10:27:19 AM PST by Jim 0216
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To: Jim 0216

The timing of Ryan’s retirement statement is very interesting. Just before the DOJ IG report comes out.


7 posted on 12/14/2017 10:29:59 AM PST by robert14
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To: Beave Meister

Very strange how these Ryan articles are written.

If he is truly stepping down, he needs to say so and let the electorate in his district know.

Or is it he plans to run and then retire after winning so that the people can’t vote on a replacement?


8 posted on 12/14/2017 10:29:59 AM PST by ifinnegan (Democrats kill babies and harvest their organs to sell)
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To: Beave Meister

Very strange how these Ryan articles are written.

If he is truly stepping down, he needs to say so and let the electorate in his district know.

Or is it he plans to run and then retire after winning so that the people can’t vote on a replacement?


9 posted on 12/14/2017 10:30:01 AM PST by ifinnegan (Democrats kill babies and harvest their organs to sell)
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To: Beave Meister

With this news coming out, will he even run for re-election to his House seat in Nov 2018? Isn’t his power eroded also, now that we know he plans to leave?


10 posted on 12/14/2017 10:30:02 AM PST by Dilbert San Diego
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To: Beave Meister

Hmmm. Ryan was in trouble in Wisconsin, as well as in DC.

Wonder who will replace Ryan, in Wisconsin? Governor Walker rather came around to Trump, didn’t he?


11 posted on 12/14/2017 10:30:44 AM PST by RitaOK (Viva Christo Rey! Public education & academia= the farm team for more Marxists coming, infinitum.)
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To: Beave Meister

Paul Ryan came close, VERY close to becoming the second most powerful man in the world. He fought a long, crazy campaign with Mitt Romney. Whether or not Paul has RINO tendencies, he did put forth a lot of effort. It’s understandable that everything after that experience pales in comparison.

The ongoing problem with Ryan is he was not truly a leader, and lacked the skill set, the overly inflated ego of those who do make more effective Speakers of the House. Someone like Newt Gingrich is often what it takes to herd all those cats.


12 posted on 12/14/2017 10:31:00 AM PST by lee martell
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“intern, waiter, junior think-tanker, Hill staffer and, since 1999, as a member of Congress”

Just like that scoundrel Lyndon B. Johnson—bellying up to the trough and helping himself.
The framers never anticipated elected government employment becoming a lucrative, life-long career.
It was to be a short period of time in which you set aside your real life as a farmer, lawyer, whatever, to serve the public.
At least Ryan never awarded himself a Silver Star for flying as a passenger in the Pacific theater. We may have to start over. The professionals are running things into the ground.


13 posted on 12/14/2017 10:32:38 AM PST by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: all white armed conservatives)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

The article says he will not run next year for re-election.

President in 2020? who knows.


14 posted on 12/14/2017 10:33:33 AM PST by babble-on
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To: Beave Meister

Evaporation can be a friend.


15 posted on 12/14/2017 10:33:58 AM PST by V K Lee (Anyone who thinks my story is anywhere near over is sadly mistaken. - Donald J. Trump)
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To: lee martell

That scumbag never had a real job in his life and he lost a debate to slow Joe Biden.

That should be carved on his tombstone.


16 posted on 12/14/2017 10:35:11 AM PST by mindburglar (I have an above average brain stem)
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To: Beave Meister

Ryan obviously worked with the hate Trump, hate America leftists at Politico for some time on this story.

Yet Ryan made no announcement to his constituents.

This is one of the things wrong with Washington. Representatives see their job as working with the insider media and ignoring their constituents.


17 posted on 12/14/2017 10:35:59 AM PST by detective
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To: Beave Meister

Glad to see him put his family first. Kids are gone from home fast enough. More should follow his lead but more on the other side of the aisle have GREAT grandchildren . . . much less school aged kids of their own at home.

Good for him.


18 posted on 12/14/2017 10:37:21 AM PST by Qwackertoo (Worst 8 years ever, First Affirmative Action President, I hope those who did this to us SUFFER MOST!)
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To: babble-on

Ryan for president? He could not even help Romney win Wisconsin. Maybe he can become a priest.


19 posted on 12/14/2017 10:38:06 AM PST by Just mythoughts
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To: lee martell

[He fought a long, crazy campaign with Mitt Romney.]

Is MITT ROMNEY the ‘HEIR APPARENT’?


20 posted on 12/14/2017 10:39:04 AM PST by stars & stripes forever (Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord. Psalm 33:12")
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