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Ryan’s exit isn’t the best sign for the GOP

Apr 12, 2018 - The Dallas Morning News

WASHINGTON — Speaker Paul Ryan’s decision to retire isn’t a good omen for the Republican Party.

Congressional leaders don’t up and quit when they’re on top — not if they can reasonably foresee years of uninterrupted power ahead. They don’t walk away when they have a reliable ally in the White House pushing the same agenda.

But those aren’t the conditions Ryan faces.

“I have every confidence that I’ll be handing this gavel on to the next Republican speaker of...