Once in a Blue Moon…
…someone does what he believes is the right thing even though it enrages his constituency and peers. And he knows he’ll be shredded in the press and by friend and foe alike for doing said right thing. But he does it anyway. Even less frequently, he gets credit from unexpected places: making the final cut for a Nobel Peace Prize.
P.S. Yes, it was easier for Ryan because he had no shot at reelection, but he knew all along the massive heat he would take for the blanket commutation, as opposed to the easy moratorium path. And he deserves credit for ignoring that.