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Paul Ryan Elected Speaker of the House

With 236 votes from members of the House of Representatives, Paul Ryan has been elected Speaker of the House.

Watching Ryan walk through the House, smiling, talking, hugging Democrats and Republicans alike, I have more hope than I’ve had in a long time that at least in this one branch of government we will see some return to true debate, civility, and a much better discussion with the public about the meaning and importance of proposed laws.

I do not expect that it will be easy or perfect; the House, and the Republican Party itself, have too many months and years of division, anger and hyper-partisanship.

Nor do I want (or expect) Ryan to “go along to get along”; part of the reason I’ve supported him for so many years, despite occasional votes I have disagreed with, is that I believe Ryan to be a man of true principle and deep understanding, but who also realizes that politics is the art of the possible.

Best wishes for a successful Speakership to Paul Ryan and sincere thanks to retiring Speaker John Boehner for his thankless (and better than he’s often given credit for) years of service in Congress. As Nancy Pelosi put it with Boehner about to exit the House, “John Boehner, you are the American Dream,” adding that he was “always true and loyal to the members of his caucus…and commitment to his values.”

One more thought, which I expect to return to occasionally over coming months:

Paul Ryan not only has the opportunity to change the culture and operation of the House of Representatives, but he has the opportunity to completely change (in a positive way) the public’s perception of the Republican Party in a way which could have profound implications for the presidential elections in 2016.

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