Don't do it, Paul Ryan

The biggest and most generous fundraiser of all current House and Senate members, with the exceptions of Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), both of whom ran for president, is — drum roll, please — John Boehner. Since 1989 when he received his first donations, Boehner has raised $97 million and given away $41.1 million.

Methinks those who protest way too much will miss the generosity of those they stabbed in the back. Ryan, meanwhile, would do well to let history guide him. No good deed goes unpunished with this crowd. Soon enough, the Freedom Caucus gang will make life miserable for the next speaker, and then what?

Whoever takes the job had best have no further aspirations. This isn’t to diminish the office, which is a noble position and no meager endgame. But few think Ryan has no higher aspirations. Thus, the question isn’t should he run for speaker but why should he?

He shouldn’t.