There are conflicting reports. While some left wing sites are saying the end is near for Paul Ryan, and wouldn’t that be nice, others are reporting that he’s denying those reports.
And while most of us are giddy at the thought of an exiting Ryan, you’ve got to wonder just how these things get started.
Politico gets our hopes up:
Despite several landmark legislative wins this year, and a better-than-expected relationship with President Donald Trump, Ryan has made it known to some of his closest confidants that this will be his final term as speaker. 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. In recent interviews with three dozen people who know the speaker—fellow lawmakers, congressional and administration aides, conservative intellectuals and Republican lobbyists—not a single person believed Ryan will stay in Congress past 2018.
… The speaker can’t afford to admit he’s a lame duck—his fundraising capacity and deal-making leverage would be vastly diminished, making the House all the more difficult to govern. When asked at the end of a Thursday morning press conference if he was leaving soon, Ryan shot a quick “no” over his shoulder as he walked out of the room.
But, alas, it may be too good to be true because he’s denying it.
CBS News reports:
House Speaker Paul Ryan says he’s not leaving Congress anytime soon.
The Wisconsin Republican was asked Thursday about rumors suggesting he might leave his job soon after the GOP passes a rewrite of the U.S. tax code.
Asked by a reporter if he’s quitting anytime soon, Ryan chuckled and said, “I’m not. No.”
It is the Christmas season, and a time for miracles. We can only hope.