With Ryan Out, Things Looking Up for the 'Iron Stache'

And more on what Ryan's retirement means
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 11, 2018 12:34 PM CDT

(Newser) – In explaining why he would not seek re-election in November, Paul Ryan on Wednesday used the phrase "weekend dad" at least three times. The House speaker noted that if he remained in Congress his three kids would "only know me as a weekend dad. That's it right there." The 48-year-old added that his own father died when he was 16, the current age of his oldest teenager, notes NPR. "I think we have achieved a heck of a lot," Ryan said. Here's how his achievements are being analyzed upon the news of his January departure, along with some perspective on what it could mean for the party.

  • As for the implications the 48-year-old's move will have on his seat, Dave Wasserman tweeted that the retirement shifts "#WI01 from Solid R to Lean R," writing for the Cook Political Report that it's the first time the seat will be at risk since Ryan secured it in 1998. One more prediction: "NRCC Chair Rep. Steve Stivers's drive to defend 240 GOP seats this fall could be overshadowed by internal jockeying between Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Majority Whip Steve Scalise for a speakership that may not exist come January."

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