The announcement yesterday that House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) is not running for re-election
has fueled speculation and fears about future control of the House. Ryan's most likely successors are Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Steve Scalise (R-LA)
, which is not necessarily an improvement (unless they are inclined to stand up to tRump).
His purported reasons for leaving the public sector is to "spend more time with his family", which is about the most clichÃ© a reason there is. There are other potential reasons: He doesn't want to lose the election and go out a loser, he's worried that he'll get swept up in the Mueller investigation, he's having trouble getting donations for a re-election campaign, or he doesn't want to be in Congress if the Republicans lose control of it.
How likely is that last possibility, really? Actually - it seems within grasp.