House Speaker John Boehner has announced he is leaving his seat in Congress at the end of October, presumably to move south and work on his tan during the winter. His greatest hits include the 16-day partial government shutdown of 2013, and many fierce fights with Democrats and even people of his own party. With the prospect of another government shutdown looming due to far right-wing Republicans being far right-wing Republicans, Boehner is stepping down.
This is big news for Republicans, Democrats and Twitter comedians alike. With Boehner unable to tame the Tea Party wing of the GOP, his resignation truly marks that the extremists have won, and god knows what will happen in 2016.
Dems and Moderate Republicans are regretting the loss of a Republican they found reasonable, perpetual tears and all:
Spkr Boehner's resignation shows depths of dysfunction in GOP.By rejecting responsible governance they ignore the needs of American families— Rep. Barbara Lee (@RepBarbaraLee) September 25, 2015
By ousting a good man like Speaker Boehner -- someone who understood the art of compromise -- the party of Eisenhower and Reagan is no more.— Senator Harry Reid (@SenatorReid) September 25, 2015