Paul D. Ryan took leadership as the 54th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives two a half years ago. He said that he never wanted it, but he chose to do the job because he was seen as the only lawmaker who could keep Republicans in check.
But they had shut down the government to use it as a leverage, nearly caused a debt crisis in a country and toppled a speaker, John A. Boehner.
On Wednesday Mr. Ryan announced his retirement, which may be the result of the evident gap in the party. The tradition conservatism seems to be thing of the past, as the President Donald J. Trump’s populist and nativist views have taken over the party.
He took the job with an optimistic vision that he would be able to open the party to black, Latino and immigrant voters, but he was being left behind.
“I think he’s tired,” said Newt Gingrich, who was driven from his own speakership in 1998. “It’s a combination of dealing with 240 House Republicans, the United States Senate, and President Trump. That trio was about enough.”
Mr. Ryan is the youngest speaker upon his joining in 2015 in more than 100 years. Despite his young age, he proved himself by maintaining peace.
He is set to retire from his job in January with the satisfaction that came with the achievement of overhauling the nations tax laws.
He also made clear that he was retiring not resigning, and he does not want to go the usual way by running in the election. He said that it was not the right way to go for him.
But speculation says that there is a reason for this move.
“We can all read between the lines,” said Representative Charlie Dent, a moderate Republican from Pennsylvania, who is also retiring. “This is not an easy administration to be dealing with.”
“I think he is idealistic, and I think he’s learned a lot from being speaker,” said John Feehery, a Republican strategist who was a top aide to one of Mr. Ryan’s predecessors, J. Dennis Hastert. “He’s been in a hot seat. And when you’re in the hot seat, you recognize that your ideals don’t always live up to the reality that we live in.”
He also said that there are many capable people who would do a great job after he is retired in January.