The Paul Ryan Difference

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from The Wall Street Journal,

The Speaker’s career shows the power of ideas in politics.

Paul Ryan’s decision not to run for re-election for Congress is a blow to Republicans, and his departure at age 48 will leave a particular void in the GOP’s growth and reform wing. But the lesson of his 20 years in Congress is that the Members who matter are those who change the public debate about policies of consequence.

Mr. Ryan deserves credit for taking the job of Speaker that no one else wanted after John Boehner resigned in 2015.

The reason the New York Times and Washington Post loathe him is precisely because he takes ideas seriously and can persuade his colleagues. That makes him far more of a threat to the left than is any talk-radio host.

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