Paul Ryan to Be New Speaker

Sigh

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Paul Ryan on Thursday formally declared his candidacy for speaker of the House after getting unified support from across the Republican conference.

“After talking with so many of you, and hearing your words of encouragement, I believe we are ready to move forward as a one, united team,” Ryan said in a letter to colleagues. “And I am ready and eager to be our speaker.”

The Wisconsin lawmaker and onetime GOP vice presidential nominee will be all but assured of triumphing in elections next week.

Here’s the thing… Ryan will be a fine Speaker. And he is certainly the most conservative Speaker in my lifetime. But it’s a thankless job, and as someone who hoped that Ryan would one day ascend to higher office, being the Speaker make that much less likely.