Milbank: In the House’s dark hour, Speaker Ryan offers a glimpse of hope

The speaker-elect walked down the center aisle Thursday morning, accepting hugs, kisses, handshakes and applause. Then he did something unexpected: He turned left. Paul Ryan, the young Wisconsin Republican who in minutes would accept the speaker’s gavel, walked through the Democratic side of the well. He accepted a bear hug from Rep. Gene Green (Texas) and handshakes from Reps. John Conyers (Mich.), and half a dozen other African-American Democrats. He reached in to greet Rep. Tammy...

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