Speaker John Boehner has announced that he is stepping down. This is huge news. He’ll resign from Congress altogether.
Boehner has increasingly faced a Republican House of Representatives unwilling to continue to support him.
In the past few months, conservatives have had more and more substantive talks with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy who, though he hasn’t blessed a coup, has largely turned a blind eye. Increasingly, Boehner alienated the hawks, the fiscal conservatives, and the social conservatives over not just his deals, but his failures of leadership.
Conservatives determined they could no longer do business with Boehner and Congressman Mark Meadows dropped a Motion to Vacate the Chair. Prior to the August recess it looked like Boehner could survive it. But plotting over the recess made it clear it was less and less likely that Boehner had the votes.
A clear warning sign was a few weeks ago when his friend and loyal ally, Lynn Westmoreland of Georgia, signaled that he thought Boehner was at the end of the line.
This morning Boehner told his colleagues that he would be resigning.