David Dayen has some harsh (and fair) criticism of Paul Ryan’s work as Speaker of the House so far:
By the end, Boehner had come to hate the House Freedom Caucus, the far-right cabal that brought on his ouster through its relentless opposition to compromise. But Ryan merely fears the Freedom Caucusers, unwilling to cross them by championing legislation they don’t like.
Ryan is failing the most basic test of governance because he’s afraid that hardcore, anti-government conservatives won’t like him for doing so. It’s enough to make you long for the stable functionality of Boehner’s tenure.
It’s funny—I used to think Ryan was running an ingenious, covert bid to be the surprise nominee of the GOP. Now I think he’s genuinely frightened of the prospect of that level of responsibility.