Gayle King Grills Paul Ryan on Lack of Diversity in GOP

Apr 24, 2018
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Ryan’s retirement announcement turns a narrowly Republican district into a more credible Democratic target.

“I just think that’s been important to him for two decades”, Walker said. And my kids aren’t getting any younger. That’s a bunch of bull.

Indeed, another House Republican, Dennis Ross of Florida, followed Ryan by announcing Wednesday that he won’t seek re-election either. Of that, he has transferred more than $40 million to the National Republican Congressional Committee, the campaign arm of the House Republicans. He will not be remembered as a visionary or a great legislator, but as a weak representative that compromised what little integrity he had to appease Donald Trump and an authoritarian administration. A few days later, a Trump tweet blamed “Mitch M & Paul R” for the debt ceiling “mess” when they failed to heed his advice on legislative strategy. He did so as a broken man, and the ideal example of how a political party can be corrupted by a demagogue like Donald Trump.

Ryan has left his stamp on how congressional Republicans look at Medicaid, the public health insurance program for the poor. “These deficits, trillion-dollar projections, have been out there for a long, long time. Why?”

His biggest regret? The failure to repeal and replace Obamacare.

Amid weeks of speculation about Ryan’s departure, the contest for his post was being considered a two-man race between House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, the No. 2 man in GOP House leadership, and Majority Whip Steve Scalise, the No. 3 man. During the interview, Ryan said that even as he would be stepping away from formal Republican politics, he’d still advocate for expanding the GOP’s appeal, including pushing for increased diversity in the party. But it just didn’t seem to make sense to me.

It’s looking mighty iffy that he’ll have that job after the election, though. “It’s going to be a referendum on the president of the United States and his conduct in office”. He is giving up on making progress on infrastructure or opioids or the Dreamers.

“After much consideration and prayer, I have concluded my path forward will be to continue to serve in the State Assembly”. “Now, maybe they have talked to all of the members but me”.

“Speaker Paul Ryan is a truly good man and while he will not be seeking re-election, he will leave a legacy of achievement that nobody can question”. But McConnell is even more unpopular than Ryan. “He appreciates that. He appreciates that when we have disputes or differences of opinion that we air them privately, and what I’ve learned is he learns”.

But the open seat now gives Bryce, whose roughly $5 million raised paled in comparison to Ryan’s more than $11 million, a sudden fundraising advantage in what was once a Democratic-leaning district in the heart of white, working-class America. “I feel very excluded”. “We have very candid conversations with each other”.

Ryan claims that he fully meant to cut spending by “reforming entitlements” – specifically Social Security and Medicare – but that assertion only places another of his obsessions in stark relief. Ryan doesn’t necessarily reject that idea. The House speaker sublimated his moral and political concerns to his overarching desire to cut taxes for the country’s wealthy.

“This is going to demoralize the Republican base across the country”, Neal said.

“That’s what matters in posterity”. I discussed the positive effects of these reforms with Ryan at the 2016 Conservative Political Action Conference.

The frustrations of the day or moment will soon no longer be his problem. Once you’ve had a taste of the high life with the extra leg room, free movies and unlimited booze, it’s impossible to force yourself back into 36E next to the screaming children, oversized bags and emotional-support peacocks. Several GOP veterans have announced plans to retire in recent months, and another, Rep. Dennis Ross of Florida, followed Ryan on Wednesday. You get yelled at a lot.

Over the course of the past year and change, Ryan’s agenda has been set by the president’s Twitter feed rather than the legislative calendar. “But that’s about it”.

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