Paul Ryan lost the fight for the Republican Party’s soul

There’s no place for Ryan’s small-government ideology in the identity politics party of Donald Trump.

If you want to understand why Paul Ryan isn’t running for reelection and will leave Congress at the end of the year instead, don’t think about his Democratic challenger, Randy Bryce (a.k.a. “IronStache”). Think about his erstwhile Republican primary opponent, Paul Nehlen.

Nehlen ran against Ryan for not disliking foreigners enough. He asked Ryan to debate him on a proposal to...

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