From Crush the Street, by Brian LeDeay
Unfortunately for Ryan this debacle and chaos inside the republican party is something that he will most likely have to face all through his tenure as the speaker. The Republican party is fractured, on one side you have the moderates, which conservative media have labeled the “establishment” and on the other hand you have the hardline conservatives like the Freedom Caucus. This has created a ton of dysfunction and often means that a consensus cannot be achieved on big issues. That’s the dilemma Ryan and even Trump faces when pushing their agendas. If Ryan appeals to the moderate Republicans then the conservative wing of the party goes ballistic and works against him and if he gives in to the conservatives he has no chance to work with moderates and even some democrats. Total dysfunction.
The road doesn’t get any easier for Ryan, there is the looming Government shutdown if the debt limit is not raised, as well as the border wall, which will come under heavy fire from the democrats as well as an infrastructure bill that will need to have bi-partisan support for it to have a chance to pass.
While there is strong support for Mr. Ryan in the house, who is well liked amongst his peers, the next several months will be a test for him. Will he be able to navigate Trumps agenda through the fractured House? Will he learn how to close the deal? How patient will Trump be? Trump is used to winning and if his agenda stalls will Ryan be able to avoid the blame that will surely fall his way? Ryan must know that he is in a precarious position. If he isn’t successful we may have another John Boehner on our hands.