Boehner: ‘Bye-Bye. Sniff.’

Boehner: 'Bye-Bye. Sniff.'
After speaking with Pope Francis this week, House Speaker John Boehner (R, OH – 8) resigned. His Holiness only needs one more miracle to become a saint.

Seriously, Mr. Boehner gets major props for the pontiff’s visit to Congress, and he’ll go out on that high note. And there’s an understanding that his resignation means Congress won’t shut down the Federal Government on October 1st over … something-or-other.

John Boehner leaves the Speakership  — and Congress — at the end of October. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R, CA-23) seems a shoo-in to replace him; expect a Republican roughhouse brawl to replace McCarthy as Majority Leader. Ohio Governor John Kasich will decide on the date of a special election to fill Mr. Boehner’s 8th District congressional seat.


“What John Boehner told me the night before he said he was quitting,” Robert Costa, Washington Post

“Why Boehner bowed out,” Marc Ambinder, The Week

“Don’t Cry For John Boehner,” Alex Pareene, Gawker

“Conservatives rejoice over John Boehner’s resignation: ‘Treated other Republicans like jackasses,’” Sophia Tesfaye, Salon

“Conservatives Hated Boehner Because He Couldn’t Get Rid of Obama,” Jonathan Chait, New York Magazine

“Why conservatives hate John Boehner,” W. James Antle III, The Week

“John Boehner’s tenure as speaker of the House, explained in 9 conservative revolts,” Dara Lind, Vox

“Speaker Boehner’s Reagan conservatism wasn’t enough for today’s GOP,” Thomas E. Mann, Brookings Fixgov

“How House Republicans lurched to the right and left John Boehner behind,” Christopher Ingraham, Washington Post

“Boehner’s resignation sheds light on House GOP leadership,” Erica Werner, AP via PBS NewsHour

“John Boehner Had A Good Run,” Ben Casselman and Dhrumil Mehta, FiveThirtyEight

“Boehner’s Departure Won’t Make Congress Better, But It Could Make It Worse,” Michael McAuliff, Laura Barron-Lopez, and Sam Stein, Huffington Post

“John Boehner: A Man Out of Time,” John Cassidy, The New Yorker


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