Friday, September 25, 2015

Boehner Bounces

In news that's both surprising and totally not surprising, Speaker John Boehner announced this morning that he'll be abdicating his current leadership role in the GOP, presumably tiring of being portrayed as feckless and ineffectual even as he's trying to stem the tide of Tea Party crazy that's infested the majority of his caucus. My friend Zaki Barzinji sums up my thoughts:
The fact that the rabid wing of the GOP was able to paint Boehner as an Obama sympathizer, when the dude spent so much time being such a stick in the mud, should be verrrry concerning. No sane person should be celebrating this turn of events. At the same time, it's hard to feel sympathy for Boehner and the "moderate" wing of the GOP when they are the ones that courted and gave legitimacy to the Tea Partiers in the first place. Frankenstein's monster indeed. Messy, messy.
For more on what led to Boehner bouncing, read Robert Costa's write-up at the Washington Post.

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