You may remember that in our last installment we left the Republican Party—or at least the media’s account thereof—in what Sean O’Casey’s Paycock would have called a “terrible state o’ chassis” over the succession to John Boehner as Speaker of the House. Of course it was not to be expected that when, in response to desperate pleas from a party so afflicted, a reluctant Paul Ryan stepped forward to unite it (more or less) behind him as the new Speaker, the media were going to let go...

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