Why didn’t Paul Ryan quit after the midterms?

Here’s what I wrote in December, when the first rumors started swirling that Ryan was headed into retirement. Could be — but no way, no how would that announcement come before November!

He’s a cash cow for the party. The donor class loves him and populist incumbents, however much they disdain him, stand to benefit from his largesse. As of the end of September he’d raked in $39 million this year and sent $30 million of it to the NRCC, the committee charged with reelecting House...


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