Friday :: Sep 25, 2015

Boehner Resigning Next Month

by Deacon Blues

If the reports just now about House Speaker John Boehner resigning next month are true, it means:
-He will do a deal with Democrats to avoid a government shutdown over Planned Parenthood;
-He's finally grown tired of herding the cats in his caucus and wants to be free of any more leadership threats;
-Boehner's visible emotion during Pope Francis's address to Congress yesterday had an explanation; and
-His exiting press conference will be a doozy.

Judging by the initial comments from the far right cabal that brought Boehner down with their latest threats over Planned Parenthood, it also means the scramble inside the House GOP caucus to replace Boehner should destabilize them even further. Clearly, the crazies may feel they won, but they are about to lose the war. And the irony is that Nancy Pelosi just gained more power.

As for Boehner himself, I'll resist heaping platitudes upon him, because he was a lousy Speaker who did a disservice to both the institution and the country. Only the most stupid of conservatives would think Boehner is being noble here. Time after time, he made strategic mistakes and caved in to the crazies because he placed his desire to hold onto the Speakership ahead of people and the country. The House, and more importantly the country are now worse off than they were in 2010 because we've gone five more years without an immigration reform, tax reform, jobs bill, infrastructure program, climate change legislation, etc. . . . The list goes on and on.

So please spare me the talk about John Boehner's selflessness. The only good that comes out of this is that a President Biden gets to work with a House in Democratic hands in 2017. After the electorate sees the GOP civil war in the coming months, Republicans from only the most gerrymandered districts will be safe in 2016.

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