Why is John Boehner in such a rush to run for president?
The House speaker’s plan to take office in January 2018 is a far cry from his predecessors.
That’s partly because the party’s top brass, including Speaker Paul Ryan Paul Davis RyanHouse passes resolution blasting city for using federal funds to combat opioid crisis Trump orders new FBI investigation into Kavanaugh after Senate request Ryan wants GOP to keep Rosenstein, Comey MORE (R-Wis.), want to wait until after the midterm elections to put together a formal policy platform, the latest of which is set to be unveiled Thursday.
But there are several reasons for this, as Politico reports.
The first is that Ryan has a real job ahead of him.
In the event of a Trump presidency, Ryan has said he would like to run in 2020, when Republicans would be more likely to control both houses of Congress and the White House.
The Republican leader also believes he has a chance of winning re-election to the presidency in 2024.
That would put him at odds with Trump and his fellow Republicans who believe they need to go out and win back the House in 2018, as they did in 2016 and 2018.
But it also puts Ryan in an advantageous position to build a more solid coalition, as his conservative base is already supportive of the speaker.
And he also knows that the party will likely be much less conservative than it was in the 2016 election, given the demographic shift that has occurred.
Another reason the GOP is reluctant to make a formal bid for the White.
While it’s possible that Republicans could form a new conservative coalition, they are far from likely to win the House and Senate.
They need to win more than 50 seats to win back control of the House.
In fact, Democrats control 51 seats, and Ryan is already in trouble.
But he’s not going to get any more of a shot at the White, especially if he doesn’t start making substantive proposals to unite his party, as he is expected to do.
So the best strategy for Ryan right now is to continue to work on his agenda, as the Speaker has done for the past three years.
And while he may have to work harder than he has in the past to build support, his supporters will be able to continue working on his legacy in Congress.
It’s also a good time for Ryan to make himself more palatable to a broader Republican constituency.
Many Republicans have long criticized his handling of the opioid crisis and his lack of a strong stance on immigration reform.
And with Republicans in control of both houses, that could have the biggest effect on his ability to win re-elections.
But if Trump can make it harder for Republicans to win seats in 2020 and 2020 and 2022, it could be that the GOP will be even more isolated in the 2020 elections.
That could help the party as it prepares for 2020 and beyond.
For more on the 2018 elections, read Politico’s recap of the race.