— Jon Favreau (@jonfavs) November 8, 2017
Nobody loves a quitter, but dayyum Paul Ryan has a lot of enemies! Of course, he’s taken credit for a budget bill that will explode the deficit while giving still more of our common wealth away to the least deserving plutocrats, while failing to rein in the worst impulses of the leaders of “his” party. And he’s abandoning ship just in time for an actual avowed white supremacist to take the lead in the GOP primary for his replacement, and guaranteeing that we’ll all get to watch at least two of the least appealing Repub congresscritters (Kevin McCarthy & Steve Scalise) fight like crazed weasels to take over his “throne”. Also, he’s the Zombie-Eyed Granny Starver. But the Media Village Idiots always seemed to love him — yet the concensus of public comment right now seems to be GOOD RIDDANCE, at best. Of course the NYTimes is still slobbering over his “bravery”, and there may be television pundits still standing up for their Pauly Blue Eyes…
STAFF: Mr. Speaker, the CBO now estimates trillion-dollar deficits through the current administration.
RYAN: What a great tax bill. I’m living the dream! Time to step down now… https://t.co/i0F32E6doY
— Daniel W. Drezner (@dandrezner) April 11, 2018
Spend two years enabling an anti-democratic, incompetent man-child. Do long-term damage to the nation’s fiscal health. Exacerbate the nation’s political divides … Walk away when it’s clear that your party will lose the House. Never change Paul Ryan
— Michael Cohen (@speechboy71) April 11, 2018
Paul Ryan announced this morning that he's cashing out and heading for a country with a non-extradition treaty before Republicans finish imploding the country.
Well, OK, I might be paraphrasing Ryan's retirement announcement a bit.
Just a bit.
— Stonekettle (@Stonekettle) April 11, 2018
Paul Ryan leaves the House intelligence committee in tatters and trillion-dollar deficits as far as the eye can see
— Justin Miller (@justinjm1) April 11, 2018
This is true but Paul Ryan's defining legacy is being complicit in the shredding of democratic norms. https://t.co/WsALECOxFe
— Topher Spiro (@TopherSpiro) April 11, 2018
House Speaker Paul Ryan's abrupt move to retire leaves gaping void in GOP as midterms near https://t.co/l5uYOdEHm9
— The Japan Times (@japantimes) April 12, 2018
He’s kind of been more gaping void than man all along. https://t.co/AburvZpuZD
— Schooley (@Rschooley) April 12, 2018
Just do yourself a favor today: immediately tune out anyone who tells you this is a good thing for Republicans.
It’s not. Period.
— Paul Kane (@pkcapitol) April 11, 2018
Paul Ryan rose to prominence by weaponizing Obama-era deficits and winning plaudits from centrists for his austere math.
He leaves office mere days after a CBO report finds GOP govt has, in a matter of months, increased deficits in the 2018-22 period by more than $1.2 trillion.
— Derek Thompson (@DKThomp) April 11, 2018
Paul Ryan’s one real accomplishment as a politician was repeatedly conning gullible journalists https://t.co/IVWaAyhEuP
— Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) April 11, 2018
Not every day you see a Speaker up against a potential loss of majority just say "fold." Decision could wreck remaining GOP morale in fight for House. https://t.co/GsXPNbrsdQ
— Dave Wasserman (@Redistrict) April 11, 2018
“expecting a Trump defeat, Ryan planned a speech on Election Night to denounce Trump’s racially polarizing agenda as a betrayal of conservatism’s ideals. Instead, Ryan folded the speech back into his jacket pocket—where it has receded deeper ever since.” https://t.co/C2Z2HZhOle
— Reza Aslan (@rezaaslan) April 11, 2018
— Tom Watson (@tomwatson) April 11, 2018
Say what you will about Paul Ryan but I think he's proven you can stand for nothing while also ruining everything.
— Louis Virtel (@louisvirtel) April 11, 2018
Romney brought Paul Ryan onto his 2012 presidential ticket, a sign that Ryan's brand of austerity had reached the GOP mainstream.
Govt spending that year was $3.5 trillion.
Ryan leaves the speakership with spending levels at $4.2 trillion.
— Damian Paletta (@damianpaletta) April 11, 2018
Paul Ryan is a "policy wonk" if you define a "wonk" as someone who lies effortlessly about policy and shifts his positions based on the political winds.
— Dan Pfeiffer (@danpfeiffer) April 11, 2018
Remember when Paul Ryan lied about how fast he ran that marathon? Remember when he pretended to wash those dishes that were already clean for a photo op? Never forget that he is a petty image-obsessed worm.
— Caissie St.Onge (@Caissie) April 11, 2018
— John Wagner (@WPJohnWagner) April 11, 2018
Speaker Ryan’s retirement will be interpreted as practically conceding that the GOP will lose the House. Probably will stimulate more R retirements. https://t.co/QbP0SeKdqE
— Larry Sabato (@LarrySabato) April 11, 2018
Paul Ryan helped make Wisconsin the most rigged state in the country with voter suppression, gerrymandering & dark money. Even that was not enough to protect him now https://t.co/OKuiwW7jr5
— Ari Berman (@AriBerman) April 11, 2018