Will not miss him.

Boehner is stepping down from his leadership post and resigning his seat on October 30th.

This caught everyone by surprise, but for those of us who are conservative and want our leaders to be, well, leaders and not bureaucratoc managers, this is excellent news. Boehner’s departure creates an opening for actual leadership, but will the GOP machine listen to the demands of the base for an actual conservative vision to be pursued?

So, the question becomes, who will replace him? Here is the latest. This is obviously excellent news as we prepare for Obama to go into overdrive implementing his destructive agenda. Real leadership is required to stop him, and now perhaps we may just get it. I look forward to see what you have to say 🙂

My parting comment: Don’t let the door hit you on the way out.

Via New York Times:

Speaker John A. Boehner, under intense pressure from conservatives in his party, will resign one of the most powerful positions in government and give up his House seat at the end of October, throwing Congress into chaos as it tries to avert a government shutdown.

Mr. Boehner, who was first elected to Congress in 1990, made the announcement in an emotional meeting with his fellow Republicans on Friday morning.

The Ohio representative struggled from almost the moment he took the speaker’s gavel in 2011 to manage the challenges of divided government and to hold together his fractious and increasingly conservative Republican members

Via Fox News:

The 13-term Ohio Republican shocked his GOP caucus early Friday morning when he informed them of his decision in a closed-door session. One lawmaker told Fox News he was “stunned,” and that there was “some anger” in the room “against the people who caused this to happen.”

The announcement came one day after the high point of Boehner’s congressional career, a historic speech by Pope Francis to Congress at Boehner’s request. To the backdrop of that day’s pageantry, though, Boehner was facing an internal battle in the House GOP caucus over Planned Parenthood funding and threats by some in the conservative wing to challenge his speakership.

Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., said Boehner “just does not want to become the issue. Some people have tried to make him the issue both in Congress and outside.”

Conservatives have demanded that any legislation to keep the government operating past Wednesday’s midnight deadline strip Planned Parenthood of his funds, a move rejected by more moderate lawmakers.

Boehner took over the speakership in January 2011. The decision to step down was closely held; Fox News is told House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., was only informed of Boehner’s decision “one minute” before Boehner told the GOP conference.

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  1. RedeemtheTime says:

    Boehner first in line to follow Scott Walkers lead!!!

  2. Kitten says:

    Oh, happy day. Does anyone know if McConnell is Catholic? Perhaps he’s soul searching as well.

  3. Shifra says:

    When the news first hit, TAM pamelarice tweeted: “Don’t let the door hit you on the butt on your way out – buh-bye.” But I dunno, Pamela, I think maybe, after all the damage he’s done, he deserves a good butt-door-slam.

  4. Tim Peck says:

    My Prediction: Speaker McCarthy.

    • George says:

      Replace one FAILURE with Another… Both rated F by conservative review. Bring speaker in from OUTSIDE… there’s no rule that says Speaker MUST be a Sitting Congressman.
      Personally… WHY WAIT… take this weekend to PACK up your Office… and load out MONDAY AM!!!

  5. PeteRFNY says:

    On the plus side, now he’ll have plenty of time to tan and cry. I have no faith that they just won’t put another ineffective milquetoast in his place.

  6. Patricia says:

    Woo Hoo!! A day for TAM celebration. We have been waiting for this for years, taking care of the ‘elephant’ one bite at a time.

  7. deaves1 says:

    We should get the TAM anthem on that bit of awesome news. Too bad McRino, Ms. Lindsey, and Mitch don’t walk out the door behind Whiner.

  8. Dekamica says:

    FINALLY! You know, if this bonehead would have done this back in January, when he should have, the conservatives might have actually accomplished something this year. Instead he hung on for dear life and we have accomplished absolutely nothing, even with a majority in the House AND Senate. It looks to me like some of the “Old Dogs” in Congress are getting a little worried about their own jobs being on the line since a majority of the people are fed up with politics as usual and are finally rising up, as evident with the popularity of Fiorina, Trump and Carson. I just hope that things actually do improve with the Butthead gone and they STOP the OBummer agenda. One good-for-nothing gone…watch your back McConnell. You could be next!

  9. jmm says:

    I wonder if McCarthy is more of the same! Boehner crying all the way to a lucrative job as a lobbyist!

    • Vintageport says:

      Hopefully, if that happens JMM, there will be far fewer receptive ears hearing what Boehner is selling. He has zero credibility with the ones representing us conservatives.

  10. WalkStar says:

    Yay Trey! Let’s get rowdy with Gowdy!

  11. Right Is Right says:


    Good riddance to the Boabdil of the GOP: the man who weeps like a woman for what he couldn’t defend as a man.

    Now get a constitutional conservative with a BACKBONE as Speaker, and make Obama PAY until 1/20/2017!

  12. Alain41 says:

    That Political Party that boos God, mourns Boehner’s resignation. The fans of Boehner explain why he had to go.

  13. sandyl says:

    While on one-hand I celebrate this, I am so used to getting punched in the face everyday, I am cautious–Be careful what we wish for. We don’t want to replace him with someone worse (if that’s possible). We have to push for a conservative speaker,

    Personally, I think Boehner was being blackmailed/bribed/both and perhaps he was pushed against the wall and had to resign from not only his speakership, but his job as well. I won’t shed any tears for him.

    Go House Conservatives!!

    • Maynard says:

      Yes, sandyl, we know we need better leadership, but life has taught us that “change” is not necessarily an improvement. I want more in a leader than ideology and a willingness to fight for that ideology; I want wisdom and a touch of cunning. This is (for example) the difference between a Trump and a Reagan.

      • Cathode Rays says:

        Yeah, this isn’t the end of it. I’m sure the establishment is lining up another RINO — maybe something will go wrong with that. 🙂

        This is one victory in a chain of needed victories. We need to install enough people in Congress to make SURE something goes wrong for the establishment until they learn that betrayal is not an option.

  14. Piquerish says:

    Quick … where are my hamsters? Time for a joyous Hamster Dance!

  15. David_in_Dallas says:

    Can we replace Boehner with Clint Eastwood’s empty chair? More would get done in congress.

  16. David_in_Dallas says:

    Lately, I’ve been hearing people on Twitter say that “Hitler was a Christian”.” That makes me so sick! My block button gets a lot of use. There are even some idiots who can’t tell the difference between the Star of David and a pentagram. ARGHHHH!!!

  17. David_in_Dallas says:

    I saw Basia in concert at the FOX Theater in Atlanta, 1989.

  18. dennisl59 says:

    His Bucket List:

    Meet the Pope, Check
    Resign from Congress, Check
    Go to Rehab, Pending…

    From where I see it, he was a terrible House Speaker, he was completely unable to effectively manage it, be decisive, and lead the caucus in the direction that The People wanted to go after multiple election cycles.

    posted 9/25 400pm Texas[Bye Bye Bye]Time

  19. PJH91321 says:

    Hasta La Vista, Baybeeeeeee!!!!!!

  20. strider says:

    He seemed to talk a good game but never delivered.

  21. Maynard says:

    Taranto’s article in today’s WSJ (behind the paywall) is worth reading. Some snippets:

    This columnist has never been a particular admirer of Boehner. We’ve never met him, but we saw him speak on the opening afternoon of the Republican National Convention in 2008, when he was minority leader. We were underwhelmed. Still, at this point we have some sympathy for the man, who became a scapegoat on the right for failures that were inevitable.

    The leadership challenge that impended until this morning was over a plan to force yet another government shutdown, over Republican plans to defund Planned Parenthood. The speaker “wanted to fund Planned Parenthood,” according to Erick Erickson of—a tendentious way of saying that Boehner resisted the shutdown tactic because it is futile.

    This is true. I think most of us sensibly regard a government “shutdown” as completely irrelevant to the man on the street, so we’re perfectly happy to see the government “shut down” for months if that’s what it takes to get Obama to acknowledge that he’s not a dictator; however it seems that tactic doesn’t work well in the real world, or at least it hasn’t worked yet, and I expect it would fail in the future.

    Conservatives have been frustrated that the big Republican electoral victories in 2010 and 2014 have not yielded legislative victories. That’s understandable enough, but it’s a mistake to attribute the lack of progress to Boehner’s (and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s) unwillingness to “fight.”

    The problem, rather, is that Obama has proved to be a formidable adversary, and a willful one. Unlike other presidents, he does not respond to electoral setbacks by cutting back his ambitions, as evidenced most memorably by his decision to plow ahead with ObamaCare after Scott Brown’s Senate election in January 2010.

    And unlike his frustrated foes, he chooses battles he knows he can win. Thus he structured his Iran deal as an executive agreement, which, as we noted earlier this month, Congress was powerless to stop absent two-thirds supermajorities.

    In other words, Obama has been ruthless and clever. We need leadership that will do the same. Fighting for the sake of fighting often produces worse results than slinking away in fear. I’ll take heart if the next leader plots a new tactic, and not just another fruitless shutdown.

  22. strider says:

    There were plenty of suspicious activities emanating from the executive branch which, if investigated vigorously, might have lead directly to the WH and a way to stop the damage. Should have been an easy call.

  23. ancientwrrior says:

    Free at last, we’ll be free at last. Good riddance to bad rubbish. Now to find a Good Egg amongst all the rotten ones to lead.

  24. AkupChuck says:

    Goodbye. The crying was just too much.There is something still very odd about the timing.Perhaps Nancy Pelosi will switch to republican so the majority republicans can vote her back to leader of the world..

  25. KCBob4Tam says:

    This is way overdue but if the person taking his place is cut from the same cloth then we’re in the same spot. It’s time to push our stars to the front and give them a chance to shine. One down and one to go.

  26. AULnel says:

    Daniel Webster has announced he will run for Speaker. Louie Gohmert said he will support. I heard them both say so on Hannity radio show on Friday.

  27. cbldski says:

    Goodbye, Weeper of the House Boner! Unfortunately, the position seems to be filled only with whimps. I got to believe there is a republican out there somewhere who could out-whimp Harry Reed!

  28. Charles_PA says:

    Bye, Bye Boehner Goodbye
    Bye, Bye Boehner Don’t Cry!

  29. hektor says:

    Maybe the GOP needs the Tea Party equivalent of Harry Reid as the next speaker : go for the jugular vein.

  30. Alain41 says:

    Here’s establishment take on Boehner’s resignation by Kathleen Parker. The misleading statements and sophomoric putdowns of conservative congressmen should be astounding, but no longer are. She reports an establishment Republican saying that conservative Republicans couldn’t get a date to the prom. She writes that Boehner ‘cut’ $2.4 trillion from the deficit mainly by spending cuts, and more bamboozlement. No doubt, she’ll get the best party invites.

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