Weeping orange man John Boehner has finally decided to call it quits on his tumultuous tenure as Speaker of the House. From Politico:
Speaker John Boehner, who rose from bartender's son to the most powerful man in Congress, will retire at the end of October, ending a tumultuous five-year tenure atop the House of Representatives.
Boehner, 65, planned to leave Congress at the end of 2014, one of his aides said Friday morning, but returned because of the unexpected defeat of Eric Cantor.
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"The Speaker believes putting members through prolonged leadership turmoil would do irreparable damage to the institution," the Boehner aide said. "He is proud of what this majority has accomplished, and his speakership, but for the good of the Republican Conference and the institution, he will resign the Speakership and his seat in Congress, effective October 30."
Outwardly, this appears to be a good thing - Boehner is hardly a moderate, and he has helped terrorize President Obama and the country since 2011. But Boehner has also acted as a buffer between the true crazies in the GOP, keeping the Tea Party and the Family Values lunatics at bay as it repeatedly tries to overthrow the party and hold the country to ransom over its litany of insane demands. For a taster of what we have in store, here was how an audience at The Family Research Council's Values Voter Summit reacted to Marco Rubio breaking the news that Boehner was resigning:
Boehner had been trying to figure out a way to keep the government open for the remainder of the year as his party rallies around the destruction of Planned Parenthood, declaring they would not vote for a bill that did not defund it. His resignation opens the door for a real extremist to get in who will not negotiate with the President. As the New York Times reported:
Representative Charlie Dent, Republican of Pennsylvania, said, “The next speaker is going to have a very tough job. The fundamental dynamics don’t change.”
Mr. Dent said there was “a lot of sadness in the room” when Mr. Boehner made his announcement to colleagues. He said he blames the hard-right members who are unwilling to govern. “They can’t get to yes.”
In Boehner's defense, he could at least 'get to yes' - which in modern GOP politics is a rare thing. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), is the conventional pick for the next speaker, but far right activists have been waiting in the wings for an opportunity to take the reigns of the party and will likely make their move in wake of Boehner's shock resignation.
Hold tight. This is about to get interesting.