The current speaker, John Boehner, is planning to turn in his gavel because the militants consider him too much of a compromiser. The next speaker will quite likely be a short-timer because, inevitably in a divided government, deals have to be made to get anything done. Mr. Ryan has spent his entire adult life working on Capitol Hill. He is solidly conservative, but he wants to accomplish something. As a smart veteran of the legislative process, he knows that does not happen by shutting down the government in a hissy fit every six months.