Thursday, October 22, 2015
Paul Ryan, the future House Speaker if news reports are accurate, has made an unusual effort to be transparent about the job. He doesn't want it if it interferes with his weekends with family or if there is any lack of support among Republican House members. He is determined to overcome the fractiousness that doomed the present Speaker, John Boehner. Ryan's effort to be clear about what he will do as Speaker is the result of an unusual advantage. The House desperately wants him and will agree with just about any of his demands. Most politicians don't get that kind of leg up on an office, but it would be better if they did. The credibility of Congress might soar if its members were open about their intentions to the public. Then again, some of them might never get elected in the first place.