Paul Ryan paved the way for Trump’s takeover of the Republican Party

He wasn’t the only factor. But he was a significant one.

Paul Ryan will be remembered for a lot of things — his rise to fame as President Barack Obama’s most prominent critic in Congress, his 2012 run for vice president, his role leading the Republican establishment as it accepted Donald Trump as its nominee and then president.

But he deserves to be remembered as the person who, more than anyone else, committed the Republican Party to an extreme libertarian vision of government in...

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