I love when people in Washington reveal how out of touch they are with the rest of the country. House Speaker Paul Ryan, who said today he won’t run for reelection, did just that with a couple of sentences Wednesday:
One thing I have learned about teenagers is their idea of an ideal weekend is not necessarily to spend all of their time with their parents. What I realize is if I am here for one more term, my kids will only have ever known me as a weekend dad. I just can’t let that happen.
So I will be setting new priorities in my life.
Now, let me ask you dads out there. Who among you is not a “weekend dad”? Who among you has the luxury of putting in a few hours of work and hanging with your kids during the week?
A lot of us aren’t just weekend dads. We’re “Sunday” dads, since we’re working Saturdays too. Paul Ryan knows full well that once he’s out of Congress, he’ll be invited to join numerous boards and provide high-priced “consulting advice” and make millions with a 30-hour work week.
I’m so glad he’ll have weekends and more with his kids. I’m sorry he spent trillions of our dollars on the way out the door of the Capitol that we all will have to pay back.
It’s nice he’ll be able to get about “setting new priorities in my life.” One of them, of course, will be running for president. I doubt he’ll do it in 2020, as some are speculating. The base hates him and anyone who challenges Trump in the primaries, unless it emerges that . . . welll . . . Trump shot someone on Fifth Avenue, is going to lose.
Ryan will spend the next few years doing the P90 workoout with his kids and taking them to Packers games – and Bucks and Brewers games, since he’ll have weekdays too – and playing tetherball in the backyard while waiting for everyone to forget he is one of the swamp creatures. And then, as his nest empties – since I think he is sincere about wanting to be with his family – he’ll be back in the political arena.