Paul Ryan emerges as House speaker favorite

By Stephen Dinan and Anjali Shastry, The Washington Times.

 He’s been one of the GOP’s biggest backers of legalizing illegal immigrants, and his chief legislative accomplishments were deals to boost spending and give President Obama more negotiating powers in trade deals — yet Rep. Paul Ryan has become House Republicans’ consensus choice to lead them.

The wonky Wisconsin is in his ninth term, making him far more senior than the kind of candidates the new generation of House Republicans is looking for. And he was famously one of the self-dubbed “Young Guns,” GOPinsurgents along with then-Reps. Eric Cantor and Kevin McCarthy.