First, Paul Ryan likes Rage Against the Machine, long embroiled in a four-way competition with Creed, Hootie & the Blowfish, and Dave Matthews for the title of “Worst Band of All Time.” Saying that you “like” Rage is tantamount to admitting that you are a total dork; it pretty much confirms that some point in the ’90s your main interests were Surge, Twister, and real-time strategy games.
Rumble in the Jungle this was not.
On one side: Paul Ryan, who said he’d only run for speaker of the House if Republicans were unified, open to reforms, and respectful of his family life. On the other: the House Freedom Caucus, which had influenced John Boehner’s decision to retire and Kevin McCarthy’s withdrawal from consideration. The Freedom Caucus had a reputation. Combative, aggrieved, empowered.