What do you think of Boehner’s decision to step down?

“In a stunning move, House Speaker John Boehner informed Republicans on Friday that he would step down at the end of October, giving up his coveted leadership post and his seat in Congress in the face of hardline conservative opposition,” reports the Associated Press.

The 13-term Ohio Republican shocked his GOP caucus early Friday morning when he informed them of his decision in a closed-door session. It came one day after the high point of Boehner’s congressional career, a historic speech by Pope Francis to Congress at Boehner’s request.

Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., said Boehner “just does not want to become the issue. Some people have tried to make him the issue both in Congress and outside.”

Conservatives have demanded that any legislation to keep the government operating past Wednesday’s midnight deadline strip Planned Parenthood of his funds, a move rejected by the more pragmatic lawmakers. The dispute had threatened Boehner’s speakership and roiled the GOP caucus.

Boehner took over the speakership in January 2011.

  • MrE85

    I never thought too much of the Speaker, but he deserved better. I’m waiting to see who emerges as his successor before I decide if this is good for our nation or not.

  • Sue de Nim

    The fact that John Boehner is too moderate for the right wing of the GOP to tolerate shows just how far to the right the political center of gravity has swung in this country. Eisenhower’s policies would be decried as socialism by that crowd. The left wing of the Democratic party is not nearly as far left as the right wing of the GOP is to the right, nor does it wield anywhere near as much influence. After the 2008 election, I thought the pendulum was starting to swing the other way at long last, but it has kept moving to the right. When will we wake up?

  • Gary F

    Hopefully Mitch is next.

    • John O.

      After Mitch, then who’s next Gary? And when does it stop? Or does it?

      • Gary F

        Seeing that are only two branches the legislature, I think two is fine.

      • Khatti

        Is it too early to set up a guillotine outside of the Capital?

    • kevins

      mitch who?

  • Eduard Meijer

    This cannot be good news. The next speaker will likely be more rightwing making governance nearly impossible. I will be very surprised if a moderate conservative prevails.

    • Gordon near Two Harbors

      Of course, as the shrinking GOP becomes more desperate you will see more nut jobs among their ranks, which in turn makes it more likely that Democrats, for better or worse, are likely to keep control of the White House for years to come. Demographics, and the views of the younger generation, do matter.

  • Jim G

    I believe it is a sad day for responsible Republican leadership. It is a recurring problem as noted in Isaiah 3:4 “I will make youths their leaders, and the unstable will govern them.”

  • whitedoggie44

    He has had a very tough job with the right wing of the party making unrealistic demands. He long ago understood, Obama and Reid could not be trusted but unfortunately the American people never learned as much “if you have health insurance, you can keep your health insurance”. Even Lawrence Tribe, liberal law professor from Harvard stated “Obama is burning the constitution” Like others, I suspect the next speaker will be far less tolerant of our current clueless president so it will be an interesting fall and winter. As a moderate republican voter, I can only hope for a reasonable replacement.

  • Yanowthee

    Boehner’s tearful response to the Pope’s speech highlights the moral conflict he was put into. For reasons that will not be available to the public until after Obama is out of office, Boehner made the right choice to resign and thus, no longer be held hostage by the current adminstration’s unsavory threats to disclose sensitve personal information should he not cooperate with their far left radical agenda. Primary issue is the abortion Planned Parenthood funding, something that would horrify the Pope and per the polls, 73% of voters are against funding a private organization for $500 million that sells butchered baby parts, that has contributed to 24% of all pregnacies ending in abortion.
    The public doesn’t know the facts because we don’t teach basic government in the schools anymore_ only the president by his refusal to sign a budget, can shut down the government. The House has no authority to shut it down so if it is shut down, President Obama will have to explain to the public why he thinks preserving an infanticide orgaization for $500 million funding is more important than the country as a whole. This is no different than the fact that Hillary and Bill accepted hundreds of $ millions from the Saudis to buy their silence on women’s human rights. Just ask _how much does Planned Parenthood donate to the Dems every year with YOUR tax dollars they recieved from the federal budget?

    • Yanotha Twangai

      Conspiracy theories… Bah, humbug! What evidence do you have that “the current administration” is blackmailing Boehner in that way? None, I expect, other than the fact that he’s not groveling before the plutocrats on the far right as much as you’d like. Pretty sad, when you can’t argue your case without making stuff up.

    • gus

      Whaaaat?

    • kevins

      Martha, Martha, Martha…..

  • saulmonella

    Should have happened years ago! His tan hid his brown nose for years and his banner was a white flag! An example of an ongoing failure.

  • Khatti

    I feel sorry for the guy even though I vote for the Ds. He waited for years to become speaker only to get the job in the midst of the REVOLUTION!!!!!! Boehner wasn’t interested in revolution, he just wanted to run the house and accrue a few more wins than losses. Winning the brass ring after years of wanting it, and then having it break your heart: who can’t relate to that?

  • JUlbrich13

    Boehner failed too many times to stand up to Obama’s radical agenda. His conscience helped him resign for who in their right mind who believes that all life is sacred, as in Christ’s words, the greatest act is to protect the most weak, the most vulnerable. That surely includes the unborn babies. 356,000 killings each year by self-righteous doctors who want a Lamborghini finally got to him or maybe it was the failed Iran nuclear deal or bowing to China’s leaders as they hacked 225 million OPM files with finger prints? I only wish Obama would have resigned before he ruins the country any more than he has already! I will never again vote for a Democrat, let alone a self proclaimed Socialist Sanders or a Hillary Clinton that failed in every single way as a Secretary of State. A

    t least Boehner had the good sense to quit.

    • Yanotha Twangai

      “Obama’s radical agenda”? What agenda is that? You mean, pushing through a market-based health-care reform law that was modeled on one first implemented by a Republican governor and initially conceived by a conservative think tank? Or do you mean the bailout of Wall Street banksters after they drove the economy into the ditch, essentially re-establishing our capitalist system after it collapsed under its own weight? Time and again, Obama has given the radical left the finger and bent over backwards to appease the radical right, and they still call him a socialist. But then that’s American politics for you: truth is irrelevant; perception is everything. (Not that I object giving the finger to the radical left, mind
      you. They’re every bit as bad as the radical right, just not so
      prominent or influential in this country right now).

      • Hunter

        JUlbri is correct. Wall street bail out was wrong and Bush started it but Obama tripled the mistake. The housing collapse fueled it and that my dear was started by Clinton’s signing the Hosing incentive program so more with bad credit could get a mortgage and then Wall street figured out how to safe guard their gov pushed lending risks on that program with a worse outcome. Mortgage backing loans is NOT a function of government but it is in the socialist states.
        Radical is when a President bypasses Congress and ignores the Constitution. Not one Repub voted for Obama Care. Rates went up on average 14% this past year. Mine at work went up 16% and I lost my clinic and doctor for coverage. Obama said it was not a tax for the mandate to purchase, all Dems voted for it, and the SCJ’s later ruled it was indeed a tax..so who lied? No President or Senate can enact a new tax on their own, especially when it was hidden.
        Radical is ordering the newest Fair Housing plan where government chooses which cities can zone for low income housing_ that is not a function of government and ignores the Tenth Amendment “…The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor
        prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively,
        or to the people.”
        Radical is violating the law where Obama illegally traded/released 5 terrorist generals for Bergdalh, a lowlife deserter. They were terrorists, NOT foreign country enemy soldiers where a prisoner swap would have been done.
        Radical is releasing 150 million$ to Iran, the largest funder of terrorism since 1981_ making the USA now the largest $ contributor to terrorism. BTW, Obama released 20 million to Iran last year, as a gesture (bribe) to “encourage” them to sit for a deal. He broke sanctions on his own without Congress_ illegal again.
        Radical is Obama and all Dems in Congress refusing to stop funding a private agency for $500 million a year, when that allocation is NOT a function of government and worse when that agency contributes to the butchering of 345,000 babies each year in the womb and then sells their parts for a profit. As the Pope said today, one of the Ten Commandments is, “Thou shalt not kill”
        Radical is a President in charge and signing off on NO balanced federal budget when all families have to budget. Radical is hiding the 3 x over the reported current $20 trillion national debt as they quietly ignore the additional mortgage debt from Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and then this month, to make it worse_they have returned to creating another bubble with a 3% mortgage rate and less than a 20% down payment, all again backed by a government “sponsored” plan..essentially telling people only the gov. can make them have the American dream; i.e., their message is_ you MUST own a home to have the American Dream and only the gov. can make that happen for you- as in encourage you to buy a home way over your budget, add more debt and wait for the next bubble to pop.
        Radical agenda is killing our natural energy market, refusing to sign off on the LPG port facities to export to Europe ( no wonder they agreed to the Iran deal as they needed Iran’s oil)
        Obama said in 2008_ “under my plan, electricity rates will necessarily skyrocket.” And that mostly hurts the poor and middle class.
        Radical is adding 174,000 useless business regulations since 2009 making most small new business startups impossible while safeguarding the huge monopoly companies that donate$$$$$ to the Dems.
        Radical is ignoring the 73% of Americans that disagree with his policies on economics and iran. Radical is getting rid of over 35 high ranking security and military officers that had warned him he was making a huge mistake with Iraq and ISIS.
        Radical is an agenda to “redistribute the wealth” as in others hard earned money, by executive order. Radical is leading by Marxist ideology to create bigger government and minimize the Constitution.
        When a prominent liberal Constitutional expert says, “Obama is shredding the Constitution.” then we know we have real problems for liberals rarely speak out against his rule.
        So_ Yanotha, you can have your opinion paid for by the left but you can’t change the facts above.

        • Yanotha Twangai

          Off topic rant….

    • Gordon near Two Harbors

      Funny how things never really change. Your words are an echo of what millions of Americans said at the end of the GW Bush era after he let North Korea get nuclear weapons, got thousands of American killed in the voluntary Iraq War, racked up trillions of dollars of additional debt (while cutting taxes for the wealthy!), and bringing the economy to the edge of collapse. Funny how you right-wingers never seem to learn…

  • kevins

    I was at Itaska all day and didn’t hear this until I got home just now….Sad for him, but he spent a great deal of his own capitol reining in the tea-baggers, and had to toe the no-bama theme, to no good end for this country. So…I Hope he enjoys the retirement (with pension and forever health insurance they few others have access to). I’m originally from Ohio before relocating to ND and then MN…I doubt he will lite in Ohio..too grey there.

  • Rich in Duluth

    I think it’s a sad day because it is a no compromise attitude, by the extreme right, that has taken Boehner down. And sadder, still, because this seems to be a reflection of the general mood of a large portion of the population of this country…at least the ones I see who comment on line and the right wing folks I know. It is as though the right doesn’t realize that half the people in this country don’t agree with their agenda and they deserve a say in how things are done, too. Compromise is the only way to have a functioning government.

    • Yanotha Twangai

      Too true. In a clear example of psychological projection, earlier this morning on Weekend Edition Saturday, I heard one of those folks call Boehner “stubborn.” It made me laugh.

      • Rich in Duluth

        Ha! I heard that, too!

  • Pearly

    I’ll bet he is a blast to drink with. Just looking at him makes me think about drinking scotch and smoking.

    • Jim G

      Scotch… yea. Smoking? I only smoke cigars during deer season.

      • Yanotha Twangai

        There are other things you could smoke, too……

  • Yanotha Twangai

    Things are going to get much worse now. Appeasing bullies only encourages them to double down on those tactics in the future.

    • Hunter

      Yup, appeasing bullies only encourages them, as in Obama even more encouraged to double down on his radical agenda_ as he said he would
      ” fundamentally Transform America”. but transform it into what< the options are: a Marxist socialist state, a communist state or in the words of his primary donor George Soros, to create a One World Order, using the UN as the medium. Just listen to Obama's sage, the dishonorable former drug dealing race baiting fraud_ Al Sharpton on tape https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8zD1wW67e20

      enough said_ most have been duped by the media since 2008, no wonder so many libs hate Fox News. the truth is scarey.

      • Yanotha Twangai

        Obama’s a bully? Who knew? I thought you right wingers were supposed to be comparing him to Neville Chamberlain. At least, that’s what I’ve seen in copy-and-paste comments elsewhere. When did they change the script?

  • Stars and Stripes2016 S.O.S

    Good riddance to bad rubbish. NOW all we Humans need to do is get the rest of the crazy Rebublicans and Tea Part Republicans out of Washington as well.

  • Gordon near Two Harbors

    I’m certainly not a right-winger, but never totally disliked Boehner, because he seems like a decent man at heart, unlike many of the back-stabbers in his own party who can’t stand him. He’s always had a tough job keeping the nut jobs in line–dinosaurs whose agenda has no hope of ever becoming law in America–and will no doubt radically increase his salary in the private sector when he leaves office.

  • Hunter

    John leaving is a good start, nice man but not functional in his role. He would love to see this…but it sure makes Obama’s agenda look realllly bad!
    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8FSqhf6cNym-7XLfQhYfvPH8MSgsmXW8

    BTW_ once again the gov meddles where it has no right to do so This week, lowering mortgage rates to 3 % and Boehner did nothing to stop that repeat of history where its easier to take on way more debt than one can afford…another bubble created and will collapse. Sanders would love it though, so he can add another trillion to his professed desire to raise another 2 trillion in debt with his policies. wow!

    • Yanotha Twangai

      Another off topic rant….

      • Hunter

        No, it is not a rant off topic as the Love Guv vids supports the big government abuses which Boehner did nothing to stop. Sometimes the truth hurts.

        • Yanotha Twangai

          If you think those videos persuade anyone, you’re delusional. That kind of thing only seems persuasive to people who are looking for support for what they already believe. Meanwhile, those who don’t share the views being pushed by such things notice all the ways their views are being distorted and become even more convinced that the folks who put them out are just disingenuous. So, if you’re going to insist it’s not an off topic rant, then it’s something worse.

        • Yanotha Twangai

          Besides, those videos are hokey and pedantic, and the acting is bad, too.

  • ButILikeCaves

    Well, he finally made good on his Job Creation agenda, though he only created one job opening…

  • PaulJ

    It’s a result of a voter decision support system that is not capable of nuance.