Boehner Out

John Boehner is apparently resigning from Congress and stepping down as Speaker. I’ll most more as events warrant. We’ll have to see what the GOP does. I know a lot of people don’t like Boehner because he didn’t have enough government- and party-wrecking confrontations. He’s has had a delicate balancing act over the last few years. But I think he’s gotten a reasonable amount done with a Democratic President in charge. If the GOP goes with someone crazy — a non-zero possibility — that’s all the more reason to be nervous about a unified Republican government. Hopefully they’ll go with someone like Paul Ryan.

Governing is the art of the possible. Boehner wasn’t perfect but he found things to do that were possible. We’ll have to see if the next speaker is interested in that or is interesting in making big dramatic gestures that accomplish nothing (e.g., the recent effort to defund Planned Parenthood which was apparently part of the impetus for Boehner’s resignation).

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  1. richtaylor365

    Stepping down as speaker, not a surprise, but leaving Congress altogether? There is more to this story then it appears. Maybe Mitch McConnell will follow suit.

    If the measure of an effective Speaker is to promote/advance your party’s principals, and to rally the base to speak with one voice in adherence to that task, he was mediocre at best.

    Funny, but as I opened my newspaper this morning, there was a picture of Boehner all blubbery over something the Pope said, and I thought to myself ,”More evidence for term limits”.

     

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  2. InsipiD

    I’m not disappointed to see him go as speaker, because he seemed way too cooperative with Obama.  He was facing a coup as speaker anyway.  Seeing him leave Congress makes me wonder what he did.  I can’t help but think that his time as speaker was squandered bending over backwards and forwards for the lefties, so I’m only hoping that he’s replaced with someone a bit more substantial.

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  3. richtaylor365

    Yes, Boehner, by virtue of him being Speaker, gets credit for cutting spending, just like Clinton got the credit for welfare reform, even though he was dragged to that table kicking and screaming. How much credit should go to the Tea Party movement, which Boehner tussled  with at every opportunity?

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  4. Hal_10000 *

    How much credit should go to the Tea Party movement, which Boehner tussled  with at every opportunity?

    A lot.  But Boehner is where the Tea Party’s pressure meets the obstinance of the Democrats.

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  5. Xetrov

    Good riddance.

     

    BTW, Hal – if you spend $30,000 annually on credit cards, then balloon your credit card spending to $100,000 annually, then cut it back to “only” $50,000.00 the next year, do you really consider it “cutting” spending?  They had nowhere to go but down.

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