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0922, 25 Sep 15

Speaker Boehner Resigns

Thank you for your service… don’t let the door hit you in the butt on the way out.

WASHINGTON — Speaker John A. Boehner, under intense pressure from conservatives in his party, will resign one of the most powerful positions in government and give up his House seat at the end of October, throwing Congress into chaos as it tries to avert a government shutdown.

Mr. Boehner, who was first elected to Congress in 1990, made the announcement in an emotional meeting with his fellow Republicans on Friday morning.

The Ohio representative struggled from almost the moment he took the speaker’s gavel in 2011 to manage the challenges of divided government and to hold together his fractious and increasingly conservative Republican members.


0922, 25 September 2015


  1. Steve Austin

    I just want them to nominate someone who can articulate good conservative positions with the media.Someone warm, smart and telegenic.

    Part of the problem with Boehner and McConnell are that they are technocrats/bureaucrats who work/consolidate power within Congress. They are terrible ambassadors to the public for the GOP.

  2. Fairs Fare

    There’s that Tea Party I was talking about in the other thread. Boehner can resign but the problem remains. Those twenty four to fourth eight members that have no concept or concern about the rule of law or the process of government will continue to undermine every/any speaker. Representative Dent (R) couldn’t have said it better…”The dynamics are this,” he continued. “There are anywhere from two to four dozen members who don’t have an affirmative sense of governance. They can’t get to yes. They just can’t get to yes, and so they undermine the ability of the speaker to lead. And not only do they undermine the ability of the speaker to lead, but they undermine the entire Republican conference and also help to weaken the institution of Congress itself. That’s the reality.” Many conservatives/Republicans are getting tired of the lead from the bottom/minority rule formula that has gained control over the party. This is costing the party support and will cost them votes come next November. I wish speaker Boehner the best and will remember him as a dedicated and formidable public servant.

  3. Steve Austin

    Ah Fair as “concern troll”.

    Don’t worry, we’ll figure this out. You can sort out whether the 35% of your base + Hollywood that loves your Socialist candidate for Prez can accept Biden as compromise nominee come next Spring.

  4. Kevin Scheunemann


    You talk like the Tea Party is a bad thing.

  5. Fairs Fare

    Can you see my middle finger?

  6. insagtman

    Whether you’re in Madison or Washington, the speaker’s job is very difficult, and one I would never want. Vos and I have publicly disagreed on conservative legislation, but I do understand that when he’s wearing his speaker’s hat, he’s representing all 63 repubs in the Assembly, and not just the 30 or so solid conservatives.

    I personally would be unable to silence my convictions for the group, and I’m not sure how many could do it.

    With that said, Boehner’s expiration date was long past, and a fresh leader was desperately needed. Hopefully, no more damage is done before the end of October and his departure.


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