Reluctant speaker Paul Ryan has assumed office following the resignation of John Boehner. Boehner spent his entire political career aspiring to be Speaker of the House. Once he got there he found the Republican caucus so fractious and difficult he resigned in complete, utter and total frustration. Even his beloved Merlot and cigarettes couldn’t help. Ryan, who didn’t want the job, accepted based on some negotiated criteria. First he wanted complete support, even from the reactionary “Freedom” caucus. Then he wanted his family time. Aside from committee assignments, setting the legislative agenda and twisting arms the most important function of the speaker is fundraising. If he can’t raise funds for Republican congresscritters they’ll blame him if they lose their next election. Only a fool would believe the “Freedom” caucus will continue to back him. They hate everything and everybody and everything about everybody.
For this he gave up being chair of the Ways and Means Committee, a job he loves and believes was born to do. Good luck Paul, you’re gonna need it.