Words of Advice:

"We have it totally under control. It's one person coming from China. It's going to be just fine." -- Donald Trump, 1/22/2020

“We will not see diseases like the coronavirus come here..and isn't it refreshing when contrasting it with the awful presidency of President Obama."
-- Trump Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, 2/25/20

"I don't take responsibility for anything." --Donald Trump, 3/13/20

"If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

"Flying the Airplane is More Important than Radioing Your Plight to a Person on the Ground Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It." -- Unknown

"There seems to be almost no problem that Congress cannot, by diligent efforts and careful legislative drafting, make ten times worse." -- Me

"What the hell is an `Aluminum Falcon'?" -- Emperor Palpatine

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Ship: Sinking; Rats; Leaving a

House Speaker Paul Ryan says his family is the top reason he isn't seeking reelection.

And maybe that's true. Or even partially true.

But it often seems that the "I'm leaving to spend more time with my family" is the excuse that is given by a politician (or senior executive in industry or government) when the alternative is to be tossed out on one's ass.

Ask yourself which looks better in promotional literature (or on a résumé): "Paul Ryan retired from Congress after serving ten full terms, including two terms as Speaker;" or "Paul Ryan was defeated in his bid for re-election for an eleventh term in Congress."

(This ties into an earlier post. Fifty years ago, he would have lived, with his family, in Alexandria, only returning to his home district for meetings and campaigning. For that's what congressmen did, back in the day.)


The New York Crank said...

I yearn for the day when some public official will declare, "I am retiring so that I can spend more time watching porn on my home computer."

Yours Crankily,
The New York Crank

Jerry Critter said...

His family?!? Yeah, sure! He just doesn’t want to “embarrass” his family by getting his ass beat.

CenterPuke88 said...

Not a Trump ally/fan, agenda is either done (taxes) or stalled (reform), shitstorm incoming and unlikely to be Speaker after Jan, ‘19...plus he keeps the raised funds. Why not retire?

dinthebeast said...

I smell a run at the presidency.

-Doug in Oakland

Comrade Misfit said...


Possibly. It won't take him long to get tired of hanging around the house in Janesville.

JustMusing said...

And somebody in Janesville will figure out who he really is and give the boot from there too!

Paul W said...

another rat fleeing from the good ship HBS Trum-panic.

CenterPuke88 said...

Interestingly, Wisconsin has a Class 1 and Class 3 Senate seat...Class 1 is elected next in 2018, but Class 3 is up in 2022. Now, Ryan is a pretty smart pol...and can forsee 2022 as a possible mid-term election against a Democratic president and possible Democratic House and Senate. That combination bodes well for a Republican challenger, and he can carry that war chest till 2021 and then launch a bid?