How Paul Ryan can outlast the House Freedom Caucus

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If Paul Ryan was watching the Benghazi hearings, he got a good taste of what he is going to be in for if he is elected as speaker of the House. The Republicans on the committee were out for some political blood. Although they didn't really have much material to work with, scrambling to turn emails from Sidney Blumenthal into the new Watergate, that didn't stop the Republicans on the committee. The new generation of Republicans are aggressive, vocal and refuse to back down from their positions.


Julian Zelizer is a fellow in New America's Political Reform program. He is the Malcolm Stevenson Forbes, Class of 1941 Professor of History and Public Affairs at Princeton University and writes a weekly column for