Ryan’s decision accelerates the ongoing competition among his deputies to become the leader of the GOP. But it will also diminish his ability to raise campaign funds and encourage more vulnerable incumbents to retire.
Experts predict that Ryan’s retirement increases the odds of a Democratic victory in November to 75 percent.
Ryan is among the approximately 40 House Republican declining to seek re-election — about twice the number of Democrats leaving. His departure will encourage colleagues unsure about their prospects to make the same decision. Some feel we should thank Trump for Ryan’s decision.