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How the Republicans wound up with Trump: E.J. Dionne explains in 'Why the Right Went Wrong'

How the Republicans wound up with Trump: E.J. Dionne explains in 'Why the Right Went Wrong'

Wearing a charcoal-colored suit and pink tie, former House Speaker John A. Boehner announced his unexpected resignation last September. Unable to work with conservatives in his own party, Boehner warned of "irreparable harm" to the House should he stay on.

His departure did not have the desired effect. Instead of ensuring a smooth transition to a new speaker, Boehner's announcement sent the Republican-controlled House into an apoplexy. When conservative critics torpedoed Boehner's handpicked successor, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield), several candidates launched and crashed like malfunctioning rockets. Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) ended the embarrassing...

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