My thoughts on Boehner’s sudden resignation

The Speaker
This morning, John Boehner let Republican leadership know that he would be stepping down as Speaker of the House and resigning from Congress in October.

Because I’m naturally suspicious, I can’t help but wonder what confluence of events brought us to this moment. Here are my thoughts on Boehner’s sudden resignation.

I’m going to quote from the episode “War Stories” from one of my favorite, short-lived TV shows, “Firefly:”

“Live with a man 40 years, share his house, his meals, speak on every subject. Then tie him up and hold him over the volcano’s edge. And on that day you will finally meet the man.”

I am convinced that Barack Obama has managed to control John Boehner because he has in his possession some perfectly damning information that could destroy the Speaker. As a result, Boehner abandoned conservatism. He abandoned the consent of the governed. He has run interference for Obama for nearly five years while ignoring the will of the people, and his own party. Republicans in Congress were turning on him and Boehner found himself in the untenable position of having to rely on the Democrats to maintain his Speakership.

I believe that Boehner was being controlled and manipulated by this Administration out of fear of what Obama has on him. I’m telling you, I know it in my gut.

I wouldn’t put it past this Administration, would you?

After all, this is Obama — the man who aired the dirty laundry from sealed divorce records to destroy his opponent in the 2006 Illinois Senate race.

To quote Wilhelmina Slater from “Ugly Betty:” “I always blackmail people when I’m nervous. It’s just kind of my go-to.”

Boehner was held over the volcano’s edge.

He was left with three choices. Continue to violate every principle he at one time held, defy Obama and wait for the scandalous shoe to drop, or simply walk away.

And I think, and this is pure speculation, that Boehner could no longer live with himself. And since remaining as Speaker and choosing to not play ball with Obama would result in the public exposure of whatever it is Obama has on him, he chose instead to simply walk away.

In truth, I respect Boehner for having a breaking point.

Perhaps his tears during the Pope’s address to Congress yesterday can be explained by this surprising announcement. Or vice versa. Perhaps this surprising announcement explains the tears.

Maybe Boehner had a crisis of conscience — where the thought of continuing to permit Obama to hold over his head whatever the hell Obama has been holding over his head became unbearable in light of what he was expected to do. And rather than be held hostage by it, Boehner chose to get the hell out.

The problem with using threats and blackmail to push a man to the limit, is sometimes, when he is held “over the volcano’s edge,” he decides to man up and walk away — taking away every advantage the blackmailer has.

Sure, you can say I’m a conspiracy theorist. But be honest. Something about this totally makes sense.

Perhaps hearing Pope Francis yesterday confirmed to Boehner that he could no longer in good conscience remain Obama’s lap dog. Maybe he could no longer drag this Republic into the toilet simply because he was too terrified of what might happen to him if he refused to comply.

Maybe John Boehner has some honor after all.

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5 thoughts on “My thoughts on Boehner’s sudden resignation

  • September 25, 2015 at 12:28 pm

    I think you may well be correct. I would also add that I think he is in a very vulnerable position right now and I hope he has a plan to get some mental health services. From my military experience, I know that more than a few high-ranking officers and senior NCOs after they retired succeeded/attempted suicide — no more uniform to wear, no job to go to where their subordinates were attentive to every word, no title that demanded respect; deep depression took over where “citizen” was thought of as a demotion rather than a promotion. A man of his experience still has a lot to offer but at times his emotional stability has appeared shaky and I pray that he’s sufficiently fortified mentally to handle what comes next or has help lined up to make it so.

  • September 25, 2015 at 3:40 pm

    I agree and the Firefly reference was perfect 🙂

  • September 25, 2015 at 3:55 pm

    Those are some good points. There are a couple other possibilities floating in my head. One scenario may be that the conservative wing has gained enough leverage to oust Boehner and getting out now allows the establishment a better chance to get McCarthy or Ryan to take over and continue Boehner’s work. The other scenario could revolve around the presidential election. With the poll results clearly showing an anti-establishment sentiment, they are trying to rebrand on the fly. Boehner’s name is damaging yhe brand too badly to overcome. They will try to pull the wool over our eyes again by putting maybe Ryan in power and trying to sell his conservative roots (which died off a few years ago).

  • September 25, 2015 at 7:02 pm

    Boehner is an alcohol and cocaine addict. He will be going to rehab soon. That is my assessment.

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