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!