Paul Ryan, for fi­nally ac­cept­ing the worst job in Wash­ing­ton

The Washington Post Sunday - - OUTLOOK - By Chris Cil­lizza Have a can­di­date for the worst week in Wash­ing­ton? E-mail Chris Cil­lizza at chris.cil­lizza@wash­

Con­grats, Paul Ryan! You’re go­ing to be the speaker of the House! Of course, you got the job (which you said you didn’t want just two weeks ago) only af­ter the uber-con­ser­va­tive House Free­dom Cau­cus tanked Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s chances. Even then, you couldn’t rally 80 per­cent of its mem­bers be­hind you.

And while you’ll get the 218 votes you need to be the top-rank­ing Repub­li­can in the House — some­thing no other GOPer could do — it’s not en­tirely clear whether you will be able to get 218 of your party pals to sup­port you on, say, rais­ing the debt ceil­ing or fund­ing the gov­ern­ment. You know, the big stuff.

The good thing is that other mem­bers of your con­fer­ence have pledged to help carry the fundrais­ing bur­den of be­ing speaker, so that you can spend time at home in Wis­con­sin with your wife and kids.

One thing on that, though: Donors are go­ing to want to see you and not those other guys — par­tic­u­larly with McCarthy (Calif.) di­min­ished and former speaker John Boehner (Ohio) soon gone. So . . .

Look, be­ing House speaker is still a great gig. You are go­ing to love it. Just ask Boehner. Ac­tu­ally, on sec­ond thought, don’t.

Paul Ryan, for get­ting the most pow­er­ful job you didn’t want with no guar­an­tees that you’ll be able to suc­ceed do­ing it, you had the worst week in Wash­ing­ton. Con­grats, or some­thing.


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