Congress may soon lose one of its most spineless members if whisperings in Washington are to be believed. Representative Mark Amodei (R-NV) said there is a “rumor” that Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) may soon resign, The Hill reports.
“The rumor mill is that Paul Ryan is getting ready to resign in the next 30 to 60 days and that Steve Scalise will be the new Speaker. Now this is interesting, because no one has talked to members on how they are going to vote. Now, maybe they have talked to all of the members but me. I don’t know, so that is the rumor mill from last week.’” Amodei said to Nevada Newsmakers.
Representative Steve Scalise (R-LA) is the current House Majority Whip. While it’s hard not to celebrate the fact that the feckless Ryan will be finally removed from power, it’s possible his replacement could prove even worse.
Scalise has still failed to give an adequate reason (because none exists) for why he attended a white supremacist rally in Louisiana. The group that held the conference was headlined by David Duke, a former Grand Wizard of the KKK. Scalise’s rise in recent years is part of a disturbing upward trend in Republicans publicly flirting with, and in this case embracing, racism.
The Speaker has proven himself time and again to be nothing more than a lapdog for his big money donors. He has been bulled over time and time again by Trump despite the fact that he has far more experience in government than the television conman turned neophyte commander-in-chief.
The Trump era will be the defining element of Ryan’s legacy, and his inability or unwillingness to stand up to our incompetent president has secured him an unenviable place in the historical records.
Ryan has been coy about his plans (or lack thereof) to run for reelection. The Hill adds that his office has denied rumors that he is planning to leave office, with his spokeswoman saying in statement that he will not be resigning.
Many experts expert a blue wave in the mid-terms, which would wash Ryan out of the Speaker role and prevent him from executing any of the myriad legislative horrors he’d champion if he had his druthers.
Should Ryan ultimately decide that he hasn’t done enough to degrade American democracy and decides to run for reelection, he will be facing a formidable Democratic challenger in Randy Bryce.
Bryce has been gaining support and prominence in recent months, and stands poised to seize Ryan’s seat. He would prove to be an almost unimaginable improvement over the execrable Ryan and deserves every ounce of support he’s receiving.