HH: Joined now by the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, the Honorable Paul Ryan. Mr. Ryan, Mr. Speaker, welcome back, great to have you.
PR: Hey, Mr. Hewitt, how are you?
HH: I’m good. I’m worried about the end times, though. The Brewers are in first place. Doesn’t that mean the end times are upon us?
PR: (laughing) You know, it was 1989, if I recall, since we had made it all the way through the pennant to the World Series. So we’re due.
HH: Yeah, you’re about as due as the Indians.
PR: Yeah, exactly. We could talk about the Browns if you want.
HH: Look, it’s been a rough couple of weeks. Well no, we’re going to Super Bowl LIII. That’s what we’re looking at. Rough couple of weeks after the American Health Care Act passed that obscured the effect there. How to get back on track, Mr. Speaker?
PR: Well, I think we are back on track. I mean, I think sure, it was a rough couple of weeks. I don’t obviously want to go through that again, but I actually am glad that we did, because what we went through here as a conference, as a Republican Congress, is we went through in a basically two or three month period the growing pains of going from being an opposition to being a governing party. And that meant, you know, working to get consensus with our own members to come together with a majority coalition to advance a huge agenda. And so I think that speaks well for showing how we have whipped ourselves into shape, because for the Obama years, we never had to come up with, you know, 218 to be proactive. We now have the White House, the House and Senate, and so this got us into a much better position as a governing party to show that we can put together a majority coalition to advance a very big agenda. And so the process was not as pleasant as you would like, but it was an important one, and it was very unifying for our members, and that’s what I’m pleased about.