Mike Huckabee says the reason House Speaker Paul Ryan has decided to retire from Congress may be as simple as he’s tired of the toxic atmosphere in Washington.
“Of course, this is being touted by the media as a sign of the Apocalypse for Republicans; Ryan realizing that a giant blue wave is coming because everyone hates Trump, and Democrats are set to take back the House and hand the gavel back to that genius of public policy, Nancy Pelosi," the former Arkansas governor and two-time GOP presidential candidate wrote on his blog MikeHuckabee.com.
"It couldn’t possibly be that he thinks that having achieved the tax reform he’s been trying to pass for 20 years, he can finally move on; or that he recognizes that Republicans are furious over the $1.3 trillion spending bill he helped craft and he senses an uprising from the right. Or maybe that he’s just sick of dealing with all this political sniping and second-guessing. Nah!"
Huckabee added that the news rocked Washington, "which is the only place where people are shocked at the idea of someone stepping aside after only two decades in what was originally supposed to be a temporary public service position."
On Wednesday, Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican, confirmed he will not seek re-election in November, telling a press conference that he has decided to set new priorities in his life and with his family.
"What I realize is if I'm here for one more term, my kids will only have ever known me as a weekend dad," Ryan said. "I just can't let that happen. So I will be setting new priorities in my life, but I will also be leaving incredibly proud of what we've accomplished."
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