The Presidency: The Speaker Should Step Down

The Speaker Should Step Down

House Speaker Jim Wright has the haunted and strained look of a lonely and failing man even in the midst of his righteous anger. In his Thursday statement to the nation, his smile was just a bit too forced, his somber- visaged Democratic congressional colleagues in dark formation behind him just a bit too straight-backed and eager to applaud. Something was slipping away.

In the warrens of the Capitol, when the press conferences and the hubbub subside, he suddenly appears out of the shadows alone, moving off to some other meeting or distant rendezvous, silent, beset. The inner agony is no...

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