Magazine May 14, 2018, Issue

Paul Ryan’s Achievement

(Roman Genn)
How he shaped Trump’s presidency

Paul Ryan, the Wisconsin Republican, is leaving the position of speaker of the House with broad goodwill from professional Republicans but vocal criticism from three groups of people.

Liberals always opposed him and resented what they considered his unearned reputation for idealism and intelligence. They like him even less now that he has spent more than a year working with President Donald Trump. Many of the hardy band of Trump critics on the right also fault him for not standing up to the president. Some of Trump’s strongest supporters, on the other hand, fault him for having criticized Trump, failed to

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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