John Boehner (R-OH) announced on Friday he will be resigning not just his Speakership but from Congress entirely. Among his reasons were seniority (he only intended to serve two terms as Speaker), Pope Francis’ “crystallizing” moment the day before, and as everyone has suspected, turmoil within the House GOP.
Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) said (or rather tweeted) it best:
“By ousting a good man like Speaker Boehner — someone who understands the art of compromise — the party of Eisenhower and Reagan is no more.”
Nancy Pelosi called it a political “hijacking” that highlights the disarray within the Republican Party.
Heck, even Mitch McConnell expressed his dismay that the Tea Party is now calling the shots.
In a statement, Boehner expressed his gratitude, but also issued a stern warning to the House caucus:
“It is my view, however, that prolonged leadership turmoil would do irreparable damage to the institution. To that end, I will resign the Speakership and my seat in Congress on October 30.”
In his press conference, Boehner thanked his family, specifically his daughters, for putting up with his long career in politics and his dedicated staff. Choking up, the Speaker also rejected claims that Pope Francis was responsible for his decision to resign and that he was ousted. He did reiterate claims that turmoil within the institution will only further damage the party.
Due to the fanatical zealots who tried repeatedly to oust him and their unwavering commitment to shutting down the government (again), the 24-year serviceman in Congress has finally thrown his hands up and said ‘enough, I quit.’
Between July and September, a group of disgruntled GOP Congressman came together to put forth a motion on the House floor to oust Speaker Boehner. The mission seemed to be led by Rep. Walter Jones of North Carolina, and consisted f seven lawmakers who met every few weeks in secret. Jones refused to out the other six lawmakers. Tea Party Republicans have expressed anger towards Boehner for compromising with Senate Democrats and the White House. Tensions reached boiling points in early September when Boehner expressed opposition to shutting down the government over Planned Parenthood funding.
Conspiracy, fanaticism, and hunger for power. House Republicans, with their secret meetings and murmurings, were able to oust (without a vote) one of the most powerful men in the nation.
The question we should all be asking ourselves is who are they, the fringe that has engulfed the GOP, going to elect as the new Speaker?
Will it be Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California, the current Majority Leader?
Maybe it will be Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana. You know, the one who is very fond of KKK extremist David Duke.
How about Louie Gohmert of Texas, the guy who claimed President Obama encourages and funds radical jihad?
Perhaps the disarray within the GOP will set up a favorable outcome for the Democrats in 2016. If not the presidency, perhaps the House and Senate elections.