Speaker John Boehner Resigning From Congress Amid Ongoing Planned Parenthood Fight

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Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) will be resigning at the end of next month, after nearly 25 years in Congress and four years as Speaker of the House. As with most shakeups in Washington, fuckery is to blame.

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Boehner recently faced the likely prospect of being toppled from the speakership by members of his own party dissatisfied with his approach to the funding fight over Planned Parenthood. In his retaliation for his refusal to capitulate to their agenda, the far right faction of Boehner’s own party planned to vote the Office of Speaker vacant, which would have required Boehner to seek Democratic support to retain his office, according to NBC’s Chuck Todd. Republicans have been bandying about the idea of dethroning Boehner since 2011, just months after he became Speaker. No wonder the man cries so much. He has the most infuriating coworkers in the world.

But non-Republicans shouldn’t rejoice just yet. NBC’s Todd added that frontrunners to replace Boehner as Speaker include Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and Jeb Hensarling of Texas. Look forward to a lot of men yelling about abortion for the next several weeks.

Joanna Rothkopf, who is currently reporting from the Values Voter Summit in Washington, DC, says that Boehner’s resignation was announced during Marco Rubio’s speech. “Long standing ovation for Boehner resigning,” she says, “Everyone is freaking out.”


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I give Johnny a ton of credit. He had an objectively horrible job, and he kept at it for years because he knew he was the only person standing in the way of what *THOSE* Republicans wanted to do.

Yes, he let plenty of bad bills get to the floor, but those were because of deals he had to make with his party in order to simply keep the doors of the government operational. Besides, he always knew they would fail in the Senate and the point would be moot.

If you’re excited about the news that John Boehner is resigning, you shouldn’t be. Because what’s coming next could be horrifying.