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Witcover: Ryan throws in the towel

Witcover: Ryan throws in the towel

House Speaker Paul Ryan won't wait for the voters to kick him out of his job in November's midterm congressional elections, a distinct possibility for many Republican incumbents in a much-anticipated "blue wave" of Democratic victories as the country gets more fed up with Donald Trump.

Mr. Ryan benignly confirmed that the Republican Party is now the Trump Party, and that he was finally uncomfortable being a copilot in the destruction of many of the GOP's traditional values.

Instead of standing fast for the reasonable conservative pillars constructed by the likes of Bob Taft, Everett Dirksen, Howard Baker and Ronald Reagan, Mr. Ryan as speaker played dumb and...