My theory on why John Boehner resigned

I don’t think it’s that he is so conflict-averse or so afraid of the extremists in his own party. And I don’t think that, as has been rumored, he just wants to play golf now. He’s younger than Bernie and Hillary; why should he retire so soon?

Sometimes a wild guess pays off. I made a good try, or at least so I thought, in 2006, in predicting that then-president George Bush would rescue then-senator Rick Santorum from impending electoral disaster by appointing him US ambassador to the Vatican. I still think that was a good idea, and Santorum might think so too nine years later as he struggles to remain in the GOP outer circle for president. But it didn’t happen.

So here’s my current revelation. No, not that ambassadorship, not as Andy Borowitz imagines to “continue repealing Obamacare from his home in Ohio,” but: John Boehner is resigning to become Jeb Bush’s pre-announced running mate for vice-president.

That would be unorthodox, to be sure, but Jeb needs to do something drastic, or he’ll end up down there with Rick on the warm-up team. With Boehner at his side, Jeb can say they will be campaigning together to bring their party back from the outer reaches of anarchist irresponsibility.

And that would be a good thing to do. This country, with its two-party system imposed by our winner-take-all single-vote elections, has advanced over the centuries through a dialogue of two opposed but basically responsible parties. We don’t have that interplay any more and as a result we are becoming the wonder of the world, not in a good sense.

“Jeb and John for sanity”–not the strongest campaign slogan ever, but one badly needed, and you heard it first here, as they say!


About politicswestchesterview

Nathaniel regards himself as a progressive Democrat who sees a serious need to involve more Americans in the political process if we are to rise to Ben Franklin's challenge "A republic, madam, if you can keep it," after a passerby asked him what form of government the founders had chosen. This blog gives my views and background information on the local, state, and national political scenes. My career in higher education was mainly in the areas of international studies, foreign languages, and student advising, most recently at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, from which I retired in 2006. I have lived in West Chester since 1986.
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2 Responses to My theory on why John Boehner resigned

  1. Demosthenes says:

    Just what you need a liberal D advising the republicans what to do, yikes.

  2. PS: in the AP article “Boehner slams some GOP hardliners as ‘false prophets'” in the Sept. 28 Daily Local News:

    “…former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush called Boehner ‘a great public servant.’ ‘I think people are going to miss him in the long run, because he’s a person that is focused on solving problems,’ Bush said on ‘Fox News Sunday….”

    Problems such as, perhaps, getting the nomination for Jeb?

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