What the What?!?! House Speaker John Boehner Resigning from Congress

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ABC News confirms:

“House Speaker John Boehner will resign from Congress at the end of October, his office confirmed to ABC News today.”

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  • justinbc

    This was widely predicted. The far right crazies weren’t happy with his opposition to their plan to shutdown the government.

    • The New York Times described it as a “surprise announcement.”

    • He held on this long, and if anything his opposition was greater a year or two ago. I’d call it a surprise.

    • I think getting the boot from the GOP malcontents was predicted I don’t know about resigning. I will say that I saw somewhere else that he had though to step down earlier but when Cantor lost he changed his mind. No matter what this just means weeks of obnoxious yammering and chaos.

      • justinbc

        Yeah, perhaps I should rephrase. Pretty much every indication we got was that he was going to be kicked out of leadership by his own party. This way of stepping out allows him to do so on his own terms, therefore, not really a huge surprise (to me, at least).

  • jim_ed

    This is bad. I may not care for Boehner’s positions, but the devil you know is better than the devil you don’t, and expect the next one to be far closer to the fringe than the center.

    • +1 my thoughts exactly

    • Yes, he at least appeared to care about governing the country. Many of the members of his caucus clearly do not.

      • +1. Boehner went along with the extreme positions because it was what his caucus wanted, but there seemed to be a limit to how far he would go. I could definitely see them going with more of a Tea Party true believer, Ted Cruz type this time, and that is no good.

        • Accountering

          Meh, if the republicans are going to shut down the government, they are going to shut down the government. The extremism will ensure that Hillary is elected in 2016, and she isn’t going to blink in the face of it, so ultimately their nonsense, is ensuring that it stays nonsense, and doesn’t become law.

          • I don’t disagree that the GOP letting the inmates take over the asylum will be ultimately make it much easier to make the case against them in 2016. But the removal of one of the few moderating factors that the GOP has left is going to bring a lot of gridlock, dysfunction and ugliness in the short term, which is what I was referring to.

          • Accountering

            I hear what you are saying, but I don’t see how Boehner leaving could result in MORE gridlock, dysfunction and ugliness in the short term. We are 6 days away from shutting down the government because over half of our congress doesn’t believe in women’s healthcare. I don’t possibly see how we get even MORE gridlock, dysfunction and ugliness.

          • I believe that as bad as things were under Boehner, they could get a lot worse with the House being led by someone who thinks of government as a malevolent force that needs to be stopped, as the hardcore Tea Partiers seem to. For all of his faults, Boehner did seem to have respect for government and an understanding of how things worked in politics. If you take that away, I don’t see us getting much of anything done. These are the people who think that the last government shutdown was a great idea and a political success, despite mountains of evidence to the contrary. We can expect much more of the same when they get the keys to the kingdom.

    • Agree. Boehner is moderate and pragmatic. This is going to drive the GOP further right, making Congress even less functional that it already is.

    • Totally agree.

    • Blithe

      I quite agree with you. I’m concerned that the current dysfunction will only get worse. I have respect for Boehner, and had the sense that he understood the need for having a functioning government and cross-party alliances for the good of the country as a whole. This is terrifying, given the current schisms in the Republican party.
      My first thought seeing this headline, was: So what exactly did Pope Francis DO yesterday? Now I need to go back and watch the speech.

    • Exactly. Boehner, despite my personal disagreements with his politics, is a really good guy and a class act. He genuinely cares about governance and Congress as an institution, and is doing what he thinks is best. He knows staffers’ names I’m concerned the next guy in the job is going to be genuinely unhinged.

      But also, this explains why he was crying so much yesterday.

      • Yes–I totally disagree with his politics, but I felt oddly sympathetic when I heard the news. I know he wasn’t that likable, but I felt like he tried to fight against the really radical elements of his party.

      • Nah, it’s Boehner – he was crying since it was Thursday… ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Agree completely.

    • Oh, yeah. Definitely. They are going to bring out the serious crazies now.

    • ItsPetworthIt

      +1 I’m concerned as well.

  • A papal miracle?

  • If you have a Boehner that lasts more than 30 years in office, please contact your doctor immediately.

  • Hours after the Pope urges all to put Nation above Ideology?
    This is madness and reflects the sorry state of Congress. I wasn’t a fan of Boehner, but I respected him and he appeared to be a decent man. Let’s hope the battle for the House doesn’t parallel the primary process where it ahs become a contest to see who is more radical and willing to demonize their rival the most.

  • So… any predictions about how this will impact potential shutdown next week? Is the House more likely to pass the temporary spending bill knowing that Boehner is on the way out? Or will it not matter to the obstructionists?

    • The post says this is the price for passing the spending bill. The tea party crazies get Boehner’s scalp, the rest of us get a government that stays open. I guess we’ll see.

      • Yeah, that’s what’s being reported. It would be really odd to resign five days before a possible shut down without getting something out of it.

    • My question as well. Does this placate the caucus with soon to be leadership posts and put off a shutdown, or does this embolden them to shut it down?

  • Ahhhh, no wonder he appeared even more teary than usual yesterday during the Pope’s visit to the Hill.

  • Jeb Hensarling is widely being reported at a leading contender. More Texas, more Tea Party. Yay.

  • That One Guy

    Wonder how this will play out or affect the presidential election landscape. Ugh…

  • Wants more free time to work on his tan

  • Boehner’s retirement => longest golf game ever played. Or a mulligan?

  • He really has no one to blame but himself. The top Republicans slurped the Tea Bagges a few years ago to get control of the house firmly believing they could keep them in line once in office. As we can see, that didn’t happen. Craven political move that comes back to bit him.

  • Maybe this is the reason behind the tears and ugly crying face yesterday ๐Ÿ™‚

  • When you make a deal with the devil, the devils demands payback. He and the rest of the Establishment could have slapped back this Tea Party frankenstein a long time ago. But they enjoy the easy electoral victories that they were chalking up. Now? The beast has consumed its masters – Cantor, Boehner…..who’s next?
    Boehner suffered from hubris.

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