The midterm elections are just seven months away.
Who wins control of Congress is at stake.
But what Paul Ryan just did guarantees Nancy Pelosi will move to impeach the President.
Ryan announced that 2018 will be his last year in Congress and that he will not run for re-election.
“Speaker Paul Ryan told House Republicans this morning that he will not run for re-election in November.
Why it matters: House Republicans were already in a very tough spot for the midterms, with many endangered members and the good chance that Democrats could win the majority.
One of Washington’s best-wired Republicans said:
“This is a Titanic, tectonic shift. … This is going to make every Republican donor believe the House can’t be held.” The announcement will help Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) in his fundraising because “the Senate becomes the last bastion,” the Republican said.
Statement from Brendan Buck, counselor to Speaker Ryan:
“This morning Speaker Ryan shared with his colleagues that this will be his last year as a member of the House. He will serve out his full term, run through the tape, and then retire in January. After nearly twenty years in the House, the speaker is proud of all that has been accomplished and is ready to devote more of his time to being a husband and a father. While he did not seek the position, he told his colleagues that serving as speaker has been the professional honor of his life, and he thanked them for the trust they placed in him. He will discuss his decision at a press conference immediately following the member meeting.”
President Trump thanked Ryan in a farewell tweet.
Speaker Paul Ryan is a truly good man, and while he will not be seeking re-election, he will leave a legacy of achievement that nobody can question. We are with you Paul!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 11, 2018
Ryan retiring will likely spur more Republican retirements and cause donors to redirect money to the Senate.
That cements the probability of Democrats winning the House.
And make no mistake, they will move to impeach the President.
The House is at risk because Ryan and other establishment Republicans fought President Trump instead of passing his agenda.
Trump called for spending cuts, a border wall, and pro-America immigration reforms.
Meanwhile, Ryan rammed a trillion dollar omnibus bill through Congress, supported amnesty, and didn’t lift a finger to fund the wall.
This led to depressed Republican enthusiasm as GOP voters saw Ryan and Senate leadership spending more time investigating the President than working to pass his winning agenda.
So now—thanks to Ryan’s failed leadership—Pelosi is on the cusp of seizing power and moving to impeach the President.