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The push to nominate Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) to run for the House Speaker position has apparently accelerated.
In all this, Ryan appears uninterested in running. My guess as to why is that he right now has a far more conservative reputation than he deserves, and becoming Speaker would reveal his moderate tendencies to everyone. He does not want this. At the same time, Ryan is more conservative than John Boehner, and would be an improvement.
Update: A Washington Post story today says that Ryan is reconsidering his opposition to running for Speaker.