Better late than never, I suppose.
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 made the announcement in an emotional meeting with his fellow Republicans Friday morning.
The Republican from Ohio had struggled from almost the moment he took the speaker’s gavel in 2011 to manage the challenges of divided government and the hold together his fractious and increasingly conservative Republican members.
He was never fit for the speakership, and I like many fear his influence has left almost no one fit for the job in line for it.
Curious what's led him to this decision. I know what a lot of his critics will conclude, but I don't like the blackmail explanation here anymore than I do regarding Chief Justice Roberts. It's not that big a stretch to assume that a GOP essentially led by the likes of Karl Rove managed at exactly the wrong time to elevate dim, weak men to what would become its highest offices during the Obama era.
It's happened before. Weak men do like to try to have it both ways, and weak men do crack under the strain of trying to have it both ways when the rest of the world loses patience.
Update: WaPo says:
A major reason for Boehner's historical unpopularity is likely Americans' broad disillusionment with Congress...
No, you have that backwards.