I learned this morning from Google+ that Weepy John [Boehner] is throwing in the towel. Or, as Glenn Instapundit Reynolds put it:
YOU WON’T HAVE JOHN BOEHNER TO KICK AROUND ANYMORE: Boehner Will Resign From Congress. This is a sign, I think, that the GOP establishment has finally figured out that the root of Trumpmania is the failure of the Boehner-McConnell Congress to deliver despite the big electoral wins of 2014. But is it too late?
And he’s doing the full Drama Queen, in that he is not only resigning as Speaker, but also resigning his seat as well.
Well, I’m sure the Democrats and the surviving Rockefeller Republicans will miss him.
Heh. Insty has a Parthian Shaft for the departing speaker:
TIME FOR PEOPLE TO START POINTING OUT THAT THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE DOESN’T ACTUALLY HAVE TO BE A MEMBER. Newt, call your office.
Elizabeth Price Foley, also writing at Instapundit has additional insights:
REAL HOPE AND CHANGE, OR IS IT?: House Speaker John Boehner’s long overdue resignation is prompting the usual succession battle. The most “likely” candidate being discussed? House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy. Yawn.
Boehner’s resignation is most likely the product of political pressure from a GOP establishment that hopes to dampen grassroots’ interest in “outsider” candidates such as Trump, Carson and Fiorina. Replacing him with McCarthy won’t do the trick. The GOP base is angry at the establishment–precisely because of what that establishment has and has not done–and McCarthy is a part of it. Now is the time for real, not cosmetic, change.
The House GOP would be well advised to stop fighting its own base, listen to them, and select someone from the House Freedom Caucus–which has been fighting Boehner tooth and nail–who would unify the party with its own voters. Someone like Raul Labrador, Mark Meadows, or Jim Jordan.
Now, if we could only get Mitch McConnell to resign . . . . Stay tuned.
Time and past time for McConnell to go as well.