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Legislators with Lightsabers
A secretive few Republicans are shaping budget negotiations
(Roman Genn)


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Ryan has forged a closer relationship with Boehner since being tagged for the Romney presidential ticket. Scalise and Jordan retain good working relationships with the leadership, but Hensarling’s is said to be fraying as he remains away from the leadership table.

Each of the five members of the Jedi Council brings a different strength and reaches a different part of the GOP conference, admirers say. Ryan has star power and deep credibility on budget issues. Hensarling is the elder statesman of the RSC. Price has expertise on health care. Jordan enjoys friendships with some of the most intractable members of the GOP conference. Scalise is coming into his own and has relationships with some cliques that the others know less well.


Contents
September 2, 2013    |     Volume LXV, No. 16

Articles
Features
  • Conservatives got Eisenhower wrong the first time around.
  • The frontier and its absence have both shaped the American imagination.
  • Economic growth won’t guarantee it.
Books, Arts & Manners
  • John Farrell reviews Darwin’s Doubt: The Explosive Origin of Animal Life and the Case for Intelligent Design, by Stephen C. Meyer.
  • David Pryce-Jones reviews Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly, and the Making of the Modern Middle East, by Scott Anderson.
  • Sarah Ruden reviews The Last Train to Zona Verde: My Ultimate African Safari, by Paul Theroux.
  • Randy Boyagoda reviews The Dark Road, by Ma Jian.
  • Ross Douthat reviews Elysium.
Sections
The Long View  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  
Athwart  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  
Poetry  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  
Happy Warrior  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .