Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), the incoming chairman of the House Budget Committee, suggested Republicans get along best with [Steny] Hoyer, the second-ranking House Democrat who will stay in the No. 2 position in the next Congress."
I get along pretty well with Steny. He's the only one we really talk to," Ryan said Monday morning on CNBC. "I don't know Nancy Pelosi. I had a 30-second conversation with her about six years ago, and that's about it."
That's pretty astonishing if you think about it. Ryan isn't a backbencher; of all the younger Republicans who have emerged in the last decade, he might be the most impressive of the lot. You would think that Pelosi would at least have wanted a little insight into what someone like Ryan is thinking.
I remain convinced that hubris had a lot to do with what happened to the Democrats in this cycle. Nancy Pelosi has long been able to operate without any effective opposition -- she represents an utterly safe congressional district and because of the institutional setup of the House, she could operate however she pleased. Lord Acton warned about this sort of thing.