1. Hard-liners want the House Democrats to use routine and critical pieces of must-pass legislation as leverage to secure ideological concessions from the White House.
2. Pragmatists do not expect Obama to compromise his core values in order to maintain the basic functions of government. Republican demands that he do so brings the GOP into disrepute.
3. Paul Ryan wanted family time and relief from the speaker's traditional fundraising obligations. Ryan also wanted the backing of all GOP subcaucuses and he wanted to curb the use of a procedural motion.
4. Several dozen members of Ryan's caucus fundamentally disagreed with him about strategy, and dozens more wouldn't publicly admit that they disagreed with him.
5. Paul Ryan's reputation as a Republican will be that he helps Democrats after he will pass a must-pass bill.