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Commentary: Paul Ryan's dishonest crusade against House conservatives

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House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WIis) departs from the White House on Friday after President Donald Trump told him to pull the bill that would repeal and replace the Obamacare in Washington, DC. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

It has been an open secret in Washington, D.C., that House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) has made it a goal, since day one of his tenure as speaker of the House, to break the power of the Freedom Caucus. Ryan perceived — fairly or not — that the Freedom Caucus was the cause of former Speaker of the House John Boehner's many woes, and determined to build a House majority that could pass bills without any Freedom Caucus support.

For better or worse, Ryan's plan makes good tactical sense, because few leaders want to face pressure from both flanks, and Ryan knows that without liberals and moderates, Republicans cannot achieve a majority.

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