House Speaker Paul Ryan announced Wednesday that he will retire rather than seek another term in Congress, sending ripples through a Washington already on edge and spreading new uncertainty through a party bracing for a challenging election year.
Whether that spells long-term GOP success in policy-making, diplomacy and at the ballot box remains unclear. "From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank Paul for everything he has done for Wisconsin and the Republican Party".
While acquiescing in this spending binge, Ryan had to bite his tongue and pretend that he didn't hear the president praising neo-Nazis, defending Confederate monuments, vilifying mainly African American National Football League players, referring to African countries, Haiti and El Salvador as "shitholes", demonizing immigrants as rapists and murderers, endorsing an accused child molester for the Senate and committing a thousand other infractions against common decency.
"There are many qualified conservatives who would be effective representatives for Wisconsin's 1st Congressional District, and Paul Nehlen isn't one of them", Kevin Seifert, the head of Ryan's political operation, told The Daily Beast on Wednesday. This is why he had to push back against suspicions he is leaving before a political deluge engulfs House Republicans this fall.
"It's no longer firmly in their control", history professor Michelle Nickerson, of Loyola University in Chicago, told AFP.
"But I have given this job everything".
"There's a willingness" to embrace populism, she added.
And while Mr Bannon's ouster previous year suggested the establishment was striking back, other signals defied that narrative.
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. "If everyone knew who was going to be the majority party in November we'd be having very different discussions", Meadows said.
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At that point it seemed like it was only a matter of time until he let one in and the dam would once again burst. Jets defenceman Tyler Myers had a goal in the second period and also picked up an assist.
Ryan dismissed concerns that his retirement may affect Republican efforts to keep its majority in the House.
They include prominent traditionalists like Senator Bob Corker, congressmen Ed Royce, Mr Bob Goodlatte, and centrists Charlie Dent and Mr Dave Reichert.
Property Speaker Paul Ryan claims he'll continue being the most effective Republican in the room until slumping in January, despite calls for a direction transition and also queries from inside his caucus regarding a dragged-out course of action harming the celebration at the November mid-terms.
"If we do see those more moderate members going to the exits, who fills their space?"
"If there are successful candidates modelling themselves after Trump, that's a sign that the party is moving in Trump's direction". This makes forward planning impossible and has effectively turned the speaker's office into the House GOP complaint department.
"The number one way to convince people to vote different in an election is to have a conversation with them", says Batzel.
"This is the nightmare scenario", said former Rep. Thomas Davis, a Virginia Republican.
"I don't see a Trump acolyte becoming speaker".