Report: GOP operatives, former Boehner aides expect him to retire after midterms next year

posted at 7:21 pm on September 4, 2013 by Allahpundit

Nothing concrete, just speculation, but speculation from people who know Boehner well.

Before you pop the champagne, ask yourself: How much of an improvement would Speaker Cantor be?

“He has to say that [he's staying]. He can’t not say that. The minute you say [you're leaving], you’re done,” said one former GOP leadership aide who is part of Boehner’s circle. “Everybody around him thinks this is his last term.”

Despite the effort by Boehner to tamp down speculation that he will depart the House after the 2014 midterms, multiple cooks in Boehner’s kitchen cabinet think the Republican is still strongly considering making his exit just over a year from now.

“I’d be surprised if he did [stay],” said one former senior aide to Boehner, who, like many consulted for this article, spoke on condition of anonymity to protect their relationships. (HuffPost spoke to four top former Boehner aides, two current aides, five former leadership aides close to Boehner’s inner circle, and a GOP operative on familiar terms with his circle.)…

“It’s probably not up to him,” said one GOP operative. “The natural assumption is that he leaves. It’s the overwhelming, working assumption as people are making strategy going into 2015 and 2016.”

Why the suspicion that he’ll quit? Simple: He barely got 218 votes in the last Speaker election, and with excruciating votes upcoming on Syria, immigration, and this fall’s budget/debt ceiling clusterfark, odds are fair that he’ll end up alienating enough tea partiers that it’ll be impossible for him to win re-election among the caucus. He’ll take stock next year and, if the votes aren’t there, he’ll quietly prepare to leave rather than subject himself to a humiliating defeat in January 2015. If the votes are there, one former aide says, he might stick around through 2016 in order to try to nail down a grand bargain on entitlement reform with lame-duck Obama. But what are the odds of that?

So there’s the good news for Boehner-haters — he may well be done next year, to be replaced by Cantor or Jeb Hensarling or Jim Jordan (or Paul Ryan?). The bad news is that the sooner Boehner decides to pull the plug, the less reason he has not to abandon the Hastert Rule. Right now that’s the only thing that’s stopping the Schumer/Rubio amnesty bill from passing the House with overwhelming Democratic support. If Boehner decides he no longer wants to be Speaker, he could decide to bring the bill to the floor, secure a major legislative “achievement” when it passes, and then ride off into the sunset as the media tosses bouquets at him for his conservative-thwarting “reasonableness” and “statesmanship.” In that case, the fact that the House is taking its time to vote on immigration is actually a bad thing because you’d want to dispense with reform before all the budget stuff starts. Once Boehner deals with all that — and especially if he reaches some sort of major compromise with Obama — there’ll be less reason for him to stick to the conservative line. Better to get immigration done now, even if that means killing reform, while he still cares about being Speaker and then tackle budgetary matters.


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Wear your hip waders, the tears will be deep.

Bishop on September 4, 2013 at 7:24 PM

He needs to retire NOW!

annoyinglittletwerp on September 4, 2013 at 7:25 PM

AMF!

Farenht451 on September 4, 2013 at 7:27 PM

Who next? Cantor?
Frying pan, meet fire.

RightKlik on September 4, 2013 at 7:27 PM

Wear your hip waders, the tears will be deep.
Bishop on September 4, 2013 at 7:24 PM

I’m having a pool party that day.

VegasRick on September 4, 2013 at 7:27 PM

As the Boss Emeritus will say, “DLTDHYOTWO.”

Bo(eh)ned one last time.

Steve Eggleston on September 4, 2013 at 7:30 PM

Does cracking open a beer count as a pop?

patman77 on September 4, 2013 at 7:31 PM

Sir, if this story is true you have nothing to lose. Get your licks in against Obama and his entire crooked administration. Of course this assumes that they haven’t used NSA, IRS etc. to silence you.

Mason on September 4, 2013 at 7:32 PM

If Boehner decides he no longer wants to be Speaker, he could decide to bring the bill to the floor, secure a major legislative “achievement” when it passes, and then ride off into the sunset as the media tosses bouquets at him for his conservative-thwarting “reasonableness” and “statesmanship.”

Allah, kudos for the real story behind the story.

faraway on September 4, 2013 at 7:34 PM

Why is it that a democrats final parting shot is to stick it to republicans and republicans final parting shot is to stick it to republicans as bad or worse …?

Caseoftheblues on September 4, 2013 at 7:34 PM

Funny how ‘they ‘ retire just before before being F-ing FIRED.

Screw you BONER. You IDIOT whiny crybaby. You are a useless IDIOT.

TX-96 on September 4, 2013 at 7:34 PM

Boehner will betray the GOP and their constituents in favor of the political class. He has no regard for the citizens of this nation or, indeed, what is best for the nation. His loyalty is to the political class and their donors. They made him. He owes them.

He will do whatever he can to further AMNESTY, to preserve OBAMACARE, and to get the votes for the Syrian War.

thatsafactjack on September 4, 2013 at 7:34 PM

Allah, kudos for the real story behind the story.

faraway on September 4, 2013 at 7:34 PM

THIS. ^^^

PatriotGal2257 on September 4, 2013 at 7:36 PM

…get out now!…crybaby!

KOOLAID2 on September 4, 2013 at 7:36 PM

Too little, too late. Still, good riddance to bad rubbish.

Maybe he can become a lobbyist for spray-tanners.

Myron Falwell on September 4, 2013 at 7:37 PM

Wear your hip waders, the tears will be deep.

Bishop on September 4, 2013 at 7:24 PM

The NRE Weather Service has issued a Major Crying River Flood Emergency for the area around Bo(eh)ner.

Steve Eggleston on September 4, 2013 at 7:37 PM

Next year is too late, the surrender Speaker Boehner needs to step down today!

RJL on September 4, 2013 at 7:38 PM

Nothing like a strong candidate running against an incumbent in the Primary election to focus the mind on doing the best job possible for their constituents and the American people.

The Primary Election in Ohio is tentatively scheduled for May 6th (9 short months from now).

Who is running against Speaker Boehner in the Republican Primary?

wren on September 4, 2013 at 7:39 PM

Please do it now, for the good of the country and her children.

Schadenfreude on September 4, 2013 at 7:39 PM

I’m going to miss him like a front tooth.

Cindy Munford on September 4, 2013 at 7:39 PM

For crying out loud.

faraway on September 4, 2013 at 7:40 PM

After midterms?

NOW! The filthy RINO bastard doesn’t deserve another two years.

Happy Nomad on September 4, 2013 at 7:41 PM

Issa for Speaker?

ThePrez on September 4, 2013 at 7:41 PM

Over the past few months I’ve been getting these emails from the RNC advocating repealing Obamacare, supporting the election of Republicans on the local, state and national level and (of course) asking for money. I emailed the RNC and said that as far as politics on the national level go, you are wasting your time sending conservatives to Congress under the leadership of Boehner and Cantor. It is a waste of talent under these guys. On the other hand, I don’t think the RNC is really serious about sending conservatives to DC anyway.

DaveDief on September 4, 2013 at 7:42 PM

If Boehner retiring means Cantor becomes Speaker I would prefer that Boehner not retire.

Mark1971 on September 4, 2013 at 7:42 PM

Would immigration lose if it were brought soon rather than later? Does it make a difference since The Won says he’s going to do something with executive powers?

Cindy Munford on September 4, 2013 at 7:42 PM

Best news about a loathsome self-serving establishment Repub I’ve heard in a long time. At least he will leave before he – and his equally worthless pals – completely destroy the party.

TeaPartyNation on September 4, 2013 at 7:43 PM

Who woulda thunk that the day you wake up with no Boehner would be a day to celebrate?

justltl on September 4, 2013 at 7:44 PM

Trial.
Balloon.

Good riddance to bad rubbish.

socalcon on September 4, 2013 at 7:45 PM

If this is true, it’s kind of a shame we can only get rid if one of these lifer, old guards by waiting for them to retire, or die. It would be preferable to see him get kicked out by voters.

Dongemaharu on September 4, 2013 at 7:46 PM

Why wait, Johnny? Bucking for a Cabinet position under Hillary? Or a fellowship at the Center for American Progress?

BKeyser on September 4, 2013 at 7:47 PM

How will we tell?

rogerb on September 4, 2013 at 7:48 PM

So in other words he’s packing his golden parachute as we speak. Backroom deals galore.

That’s just awesome with what is on the table in front of us between now and then.

*pitchfork*

wolly4321 on September 4, 2013 at 7:50 PM

Me thinks,

that because of Hopey/Changey,and the DemonRats dishonesty
and A to Z Political Back Stabby,

its becoming tire-some,saturationville,and Reps are getting
worn out/worn down,by Obama’s treachery/leachery!!

Disillusionment in the Political Process is taking its toll!!

And Boehner is tired of being BOINKED OVER,by the Lying
UnTrustWorthy LibLiars!!!

Obama’s Lying about the ‘RED LINE”, today,solidifys
my assertions,..one cannot go to work eveyday,and be
dealing with SNAKES,that say one thing to your face,

then,turn around,and say something else,a h*ll of a way
to try and make deals,when the DemTards main Mission is
to WAR with the GOP daily!!

canopfor on September 4, 2013 at 7:50 PM

Best news about a loathsome self-serving establishment Repub I’ve heard in a long time. At least he will leave before he – and his equally worthless pals – completely destroy the party.

TeaPartyNation on September 4, 2013 at 7:43 PM

The bad news is, the rest of the gang will still be there. They can finish the job of destroying the GOPe.

Nothing like a strong candidate running against an incumbent in the Primary election to focus the mind on doing the best job possible for their constituents and the American people.

The Primary Election in Ohio is tentatively scheduled for May 6th (9 short months from now).

Who is running against Speaker Boehner in the Republican Primary?

wren on September 4, 2013 at 7:39 PM

Likely no one. Bohenor won reelection last year with 100% of the votes.

Anyone picked to succeed him will be done so by the Ohio GOPe, which is just as effective as the national GOPe in sabotaging their own successes.

Myron Falwell on September 4, 2013 at 7:50 PM

Could someone explain this to me please. Why are these the only(likely replacements if Boehner barely got 218 vote last go round.

Bmore on September 4, 2013 at 7:51 PM

Ooops, Sorry. These four.

to be replaced by Cantor or Jeb Hensarling or Jim Jordan (or Paul Ryan?).

Bmore on September 4, 2013 at 7:52 PM

Don’t get me wrong,, I want him gone. But the sellouts while hitting the exits…

Oh nevermind. You guys are right. No difference.

wolly4321 on September 4, 2013 at 7:53 PM

MeanWhile,…back at Team FBI:

James Comey is sworn in as the seventh Director of the FBI – @FBIPressOffice

1 min ago from http://www.fbi.gov by editor
==========================================

Director James B. Comey
September 4, 2013 – Present

On September 4, 2013, James B. Comey was sworn in as the seventh Director of the FBI.
********************

A Yonkers, New York native, James Comey gained standing as a champion of the law early in his career. After graduating from the University of Chicago Law School, Comey returned to New York to join the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York as a junior attorney. There, he gained credibility by taking on numerous crimes, most notably organized crime, and served as the lead prosecutor in the case of the United States v. John Gambino, et al. Afterward, Comey became an assistant U.S. attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia, where he prosecuted the high-profile case that followed the 1996 terrorist attack on the U.S. military’s Khobar Towers in Khobar, Saudi Arabia.

Comey returned to New York to become the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York. At the end of 2003, he was tapped to be the deputy attorney general at the Department of Justice (DOJ) under then-U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft and moved to the Washington, D.C. area.

Comey left DOJ in 2005 to serve as general counsel and senior vice president at defense contractor Lockheed Martin. Five years later, he joined Bridgewater Associates, a Connecticut-based investment fund, as its general counsel. In early 2013, Comey became a Lecturer in Law, a senior research scholar, and Hertog Fellow in National Security Law at Columbia Law School.

http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/executives

canopfor on September 4, 2013 at 7:54 PM

Yep. If true, he may deliberately forego the Hastert rule and allow immigration to come up for a vote and pass with a majority of Dems — and then retire. Some lobbyists must have made it worth his while.

Firefly_76 on September 4, 2013 at 7:54 PM

A Speaker Cantor wouldn’t be any better hence why we need to cut this seniority crapola and put some one in who can actually lead.

jawkneemusic on September 4, 2013 at 8:00 PM

If this is true, it’s kind of a shame we can only get rid if one of these lifer, old guards by waiting for them to retire, or die. It would be preferable to see him get kicked out by voters.

Dongemaharu on September 4, 2013 at 7:46 PM

Term limits via The Liberty Amendments.

jawkneemusic on September 4, 2013 at 8:01 PM

Ok you toothless, in-bred, gun-fondlin’ sister-loving red-neck Tea Party Extremists, you’ve finally done it. You’ve killed this fine, public-spirited man…I hope you are proud of yourselves.

I blame Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin and Bush for this travesty….you people will miss him when he’s gone, you know.

JFKY on September 4, 2013 at 8:04 PM

Push him out the door before he does further harm.

Basilsbest on September 4, 2013 at 8:05 PM

Issa for Speaker?

ThePrez on September 4, 2013 at 7:41 PM

Democratics would veto. They burn with white-hot hatred for Issa.

slickwillie2001 on September 4, 2013 at 8:06 PM

A Speaker Cantor wouldn’t be any better hence why we need to cut this seniority crapola and put some one in who can actually lead.

jawkneemusic on September 4, 2013 at 8:00 PM

It isn’t “seniority” per se…it’s familiarity, collegiality, and log-rolling…generally Freshmen don’t know enough people, haven’t done enough for colleagues and really can’t promise enough to get the Speakership…and rightly so.

JFKY on September 4, 2013 at 8:06 PM

Hey Weepy Boehner! Just retire before the mid term elections!

CatoRenasci on September 4, 2013 at 8:07 PM

Who is running against Speaker Boehner in the Republican Primary?

wren on September 4, 2013 at 7:39 PM

Likely no one. Bohenor won reelection last year with 100% of the votes.

Anyone picked to succeed him will be done so by the Ohio GOPe, which is just as effective as the national GOPe in sabotaging their own successes.

Myron Falwell on September 4, 2013 at 7:50 PM

The beautiful thing about the U.S. system is that we don’t have to rely on the Ohio GOP to annoint a potential successor to Rep. Boehner.

Any U.S. Citizen who is at least 25 years old, who is a resident of Ohio (doesn’t even have to live in Boehner’s district), who pays a filing fee of $85 and submits 50 signatures by 4:00 pm on Feb 5th, 2014 can run against John Boehner in the 2014 Republican Primary.

A Candidate’s Requirements Guide for running for Congress in Ohio is available at this link:

http://www.sos.state.oh.us/SOS/publications.aspx#crg

Surely the voters of Ohio can find an articulate candidate who can meet these requirements to run against John Boehner in 2014.

The opposition candidate doesn’t even have to win the Primary to do a huge public service. He/She just needs to provide enough articulate opposition to remind John Boehner that he can’t take his constituents’ votes for granted.

wren on September 4, 2013 at 8:18 PM

somebody help me here…are his constituents liberal republicans? Are there so many liberal republicans cheering him on to maintain his mushy positions? What legacy is he supposed to be reaching for? The same one Arlen Spector failed to achieve maybe?

There is nothing wrong with John Boehner other than his miserable moderate/left tendency to back down from most fights that dems are eager to take on. And why do we have to settle for another moderate like Cantor?

THIS NATION IS HUNGRY FOR LEADERSHIP!! Let’s try the constitutional/conservative approach for once in my life. Okay twice but that was a long time ago.

DanMan on September 4, 2013 at 8:23 PM

Just this morning I was thinking,

Boehner has had enough, you can see it in his eyes.

He’s thinking –

‘This isn’t government anymore.’
‘This isn’t America anymore.’
‘I don’t want to be part of a new world disorder.’

esblowfeld on September 4, 2013 at 8:28 PM

Issa for Speaker?

ThePrez on September 4, 2013 at 7:41 PM

Democratics would veto. They burn with white-hot hatred for Issa.

slickwillie2001 on September 4, 2013 at 8:06 PM

If American Voters elect enough Republicans to the House of Representatives to have a comfortable majority, Democrats will not have the power to “veto” the person the Republicans select to be Speaker of the House.

Watching Democrats burn with white-hot hatred for Rep. Issa would just make it more fun to select him as Speaker.

This is why we all need to work very hard to maintain and/or increase the Republican majority in the House and win a majority in the Senate in 2014.

The future of our country depends on the election results in 2014!

Let’s roll!

wren on September 4, 2013 at 8:31 PM

Quit now, Boner, you’re a disgrace.

RoyalFlush on September 4, 2013 at 8:38 PM

For crying out loud.

faraway on September 4, 2013 at 7:40 PM

Thread winner.

bgibbs1000 on September 4, 2013 at 8:40 PM

Really?

Are you serious? This crying, loser, putz of a RINO is gonna retire? Sure, sounds good to me.

J.

JohnnyMojo on September 4, 2013 at 8:46 PM

Buh bye… and take Eric with you.

Hill60 on September 4, 2013 at 8:50 PM

Speaking of Boehner:

Congress considers measure on military action in Syria

House Speaker Boehner turns down request from Russian diplomats hoping to lobby Congress on Syria – @*nnbrk

50 mins ago from politicalticker.blogs.*nn.com by editor
=============================================================

http://www.breakingnews.com/

canopfor on September 4, 2013 at 9:00 PM

Don’t let the door hit you in the butt on the way out.

Now the question is how much damage by collusion with the donks will he do?

jukin3 on September 4, 2013 at 9:06 PM

Why put it off until 2014, do it today!

lhuffman34 on September 4, 2013 at 9:08 PM

So throw the entire country under the bus so he can get accolades and a cushy job when he leaves. and The position of speaker is who can do the most favors and buy the most votes? Politicians disgust me.

ldbgcoleman on September 4, 2013 at 9:10 PM

He’s from my state, and he wasn’t about to get my vote. Liberal/progressives would never get it. So if he did run again, I’d have to do a write in vote for “none of the above”.

sadatoni on September 4, 2013 at 9:33 PM

He’s thinking –

‘This isn’t government anymore.’
‘This isn’t America anymore.’
‘I don’t want to be part of a new world disorder.’

esblowfeld on September 4, 2013 at 8:28 PM

Don’t think so.

If the man had any grit and sense of principles, he would go down fighting the good fight – a happy warrior. What you see is him thinking that it’s not fun being the big fish in the House Pond and better to cash out now than be run out. The disorder he sees is tea baggers not being sensible and working to just get along.

The real problem is that he’s a politician to the core – wheeling and dealing and not a citizen that just went to DC in spirit of service for the sake of leaving America a little better than he found it and to exercise stewardship.

AH_C on September 4, 2013 at 9:33 PM

Boehner represents Ohio’s 8th congressional district. It is mostly rural. The biggest cities in the district are Middletown, Hamilton, Troy and Piqua. It is designed to circle (but not include Dayton and its suburbs – District 3):

http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.ohiofreepress.com/wp-content/uploads/ohio_congressional_map-800.gif&imgrefurl=http://www.ohiofreepress.com/2010/ohio-congressional-districts-map/&h=840&w=800&sz=106&tbnid=kxXTmnA_FEgl-M:&tbnh=90&tbnw=86&zoom=1&usg=__Ue1q2C_Gs0Y968PJ64Krv5wFtW8=&docid=rieHJXUxRpUbpM&hl=en&sa=X&ei=894nUrPPKO3D4APoyYHoDA&sqi=2&ved=0CDgQ9QEwAQ&dur=300

bw222 on September 4, 2013 at 9:38 PM

Hellooooo K Street!

iwasbornwithit on September 4, 2013 at 9:49 PM

Run, don’t walk out the door, Boehner. We won’t miss you a bit.

Panther on September 4, 2013 at 9:55 PM

The Speaker of the House does not have to be a member of Congress.

They do not have to pick the Speaker based on seniority. I suggest they don’t.

I do like Eric Cantor. I think the media wants me NOT to like him, and i never give in to the media.

Fleuries on September 4, 2013 at 10:01 PM

Fleuries on September 4, 2013 at 10:01 PM

After two years of Eric Cantor as Speaker, you’ll be referring to the Boehner era as the good old days.

bw222 on September 4, 2013 at 10:07 PM

Boehner and many like him simply need to retire. But will Obama and Holder let him??

God knows what they have on him or others (SCOTUS) considering we now know they have access to every phone call, email and any other thought in hand to spill out into the media to ruin a misdeed if needed for blackmail..etc

Our government can NOW hold a political ally at ransom without any oversight and take what they want by extortion…

It’s like living under the Kremlin..but much worse.

But everything’s A-Ok according to the other 95 percent who don’t actually follow politics..smiles.

celt on September 4, 2013 at 10:11 PM

I think you’re very wrong, and it’s not he media that’s the problem for once.

I do like Eric Cantor. I think the media wants me NOT to like him, and i never give in to the media.

Fleuries on September 4, 2013 at 10:01 PM

celt on September 4, 2013 at 10:14 PM

Adios. I would vote for a dem (in the general) over Boehner just to get him out of office.

Who to replace?
Louie Gohmert comes to mind. He’s a solid conservative. He’s semi-articulate (enough to be able to fill in for Hannity, the #2 talk radio show in the country). He’s starting to become a fighter which can be heard on radio shows when he calls in.

Scott Walker, or Rick Perry for an outside the box idea.

No way to Cantor or Paul Ryan.

ritewhit on September 4, 2013 at 10:23 PM

I will be so happy to see Boehner go. Cantor and Paul Ryan absolutely suck but they couldn’t possibly be any worse than the spineless wimp currently in charge. But will Boehner pass amnesty on his way out? That’s what scares me.

Jack_Burton on September 4, 2013 at 10:32 PM

And not a moment too f*cking soon.

Go to hell, Boehner. In better times, you’d be considered a traitor, tarred and feathered.

Midas on September 4, 2013 at 11:13 PM

Boehner’s speakership has been about as useful as a brand new fishing pole in the Sahara.

Sure it functions, but what exactly does it get done for you?

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on September 5, 2013 at 12:18 AM

After two years of Eric Cantor as Speaker, you’ll be referring to the Boehner era as the good old days.

bw222 on September 4, 2013 at 10:07 PM

Without a doubt. Boehner is awful, but Cantor is much, much worse.

besser tot als rot on September 5, 2013 at 12:36 AM

Will he retire after losing or winning the mid-terms? I suspect he believes it will be after losing. Why retire if things are going so well?

virgo on September 5, 2013 at 12:49 AM

Oh please, please, please . . . PUH-LEEEEEEEZ!
GO!
Just GO

least1 on September 5, 2013 at 1:13 AM

Issa for Speaker?

ThePrez on September 4, 2013 at 7:41 PM

Democratics would veto. They burn with white-hot hatred for Issa.

slickwillie2001 on September 4, 2013 at 8:06 PM

Issa is not much better than Boehner. 2 years of “investigations” with no one serving time.

Goudy would do just fine. Or Jordan.

riddick on September 5, 2013 at 3:06 AM

This @$$clown needs to be THROWN out of office TODAY! From his knowledge of and approval of Obama’s CIA-to-Syrian-Jihadists gun running Op in Benghazi – which directly contributed to the abandonment/betrayal/sacrifice of 4 Americans there – to his refusal to challenge Obamacare in any way when the GOP has the leverage to do something about it in the current budget battle to his latest testimony of loyalty and support for Obama’s plan to attack Syria in order to cover for his foreign policy blunder and to help his SAVE FACE, Boehner has been a complete failure as Speaker of the House. He has resembled a door mat rather than leader of the House. His actions the last 6 months, especially reently, have seriously made me believe that Obama, through his NSA spying, has something on Boehner and is blackmailing him with it to go along with whatever Obama wants. Even after Obama stands before the world & gives a WEAK, PATHETIC display of LYING and BLAMING EVERYONE ELSE by declaring HE did not draw this ‘red libne’ but instead blamed the world Boehner STLL supports him. Bohner was shoved in front of the on-coming bus, and after the bus passed – with tier tracks on his back – Boehner is standing up in the middle of the street and voicing his loyalty to the man who just pushed him. Good Grief!

I will never forget Boehner’s blubbering, self-centered ‘acceptance speech’ after he was voted Speaker of the House – his whole speech was about his past, how much he wanted to be Speaker, & how good it was for HIM & HIS FAMILY. He hardly mentioned how great it was for AMERICA that the House was taken back from the Democrats who until then controlled the House, Senate, AND WH. Now let me be the 1st to say how AWESOME it will be when this SPINELESS, GUTLESS, Party/Self-Serving, Obama Behind-Kissing RINO takes that long last walk to his car from his office with all of his personal cr@p in a brown moving box in his hands! It will ALMOAT be as sweet as the day when Obama exits the WH…if there is a nation left when he does.

easyt65 on September 5, 2013 at 8:22 AM

Boehner has been an utter failure. Cantor is as bad or worse. I hope the House GOP isn’t so foolish as to (re)elect either of them as Speaker.

WannabeAnglican on September 5, 2013 at 9:31 AM

The House cannot vote on a Senate package which has not been sent over, and probably will not for fear of (successfully?) being blue-billed. So immigration reform comes out of the House afresh, or a non-revenue bill gets passed by the Senate. Ok, and the count of three. One, two, two and-a-half, two and-three-quarters,…

NeoCon_1 on September 5, 2013 at 10:14 AM

I’m all choked up now. Bet he got a sweetheart retirement and privileges no one else could get from retirement

jaywemm on September 5, 2013 at 4:23 PM