Speaker looking for a win after health care loss

House Speaker Paul Ryan is looking for a win following the collapse of his health care bill.

Last month’s unraveling of the health care legislation tarnished the Wisconsin Republican’s reputation as the leader who could unite a fractious GOP. It was an embarrassing flop on the most important legislation he’s ever handled.

Next come tax and spending fights as fraught as the party’s failed attempt to dismantle President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul.

The party is so divided that Mike Simpson, an Idaho congressman, says: “I don’t know that the Lord himself could unite our caucus.”

Ryan will need all the clout he can muster to succeed with those upcoming bills and with continuing attempts to resurrect the health care legislation.