House Speaker Paul Ryan is abandoning the ship before it sinks

The Washington Post reports:

"House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., has told friends and several colleagues that he has decided not to seek reelection this year and will soon inform colleagues of his plans, according to several people familiar with his plans.

"The decision comes ahead of mid-term elections that were already looking treacherous for Republicans, who risk losing control of the House.

"The party has seen a large number of retirements, and Ryan's exit is certain to sap morale as...

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