John Boehner recently resigned from Congress as the Republican House Speaker after 25 years in the political field. Following his recent encounter with Pope Francis, Boehner decided it was time for him to move on, and stated that he will officially step down from his position at the end of October. Controversy has been recently stirred on whether Boehner resigned for his own genuine reasons, or if he did it because he was on the verge of cutting a deal with the House minority.
Honestly, I think Boehner’s resignation was real. He was likely just waiting for the right moment. His heartfelt announcement of his resignation supports this. Strangely, GOP members cheered upon his announcement of leaving his position. However, it is undeniable that Boehner is a man of character who will be almost irreplaceable at this time.
Boehner, being a conservative Republican, is an emotional man who “isn’t afraid to wear his heart on his sleeves.” His dramatic departure stirred mixed feelings within the House, with people worried about the effect his resignation will have on upcoming policies, such as the issues surrounding Planned Parenthood. Boehner also had his own plans of defunding Planned Parenthood and completely shutting down Obamacare. After his departure, fights over government spending are likely to increase in number and intensity, and a government funding bill will probably be passed without provision to defund Planned Parenthood.
Also worthy to mention is that after serving six years as Speaker of the House, Boehner’s resignation will leave a wide gap in Congress as we lose his strong leadership roles and experience over the past years. Boehner’s resignation came at a bad time, right smack in between the presidential election with Trump, Carson, and Fiorina as the top candidates.
According to The Boston Globe, Boehner’s resignation from Congress was ultimately a test for GOP candidates, putting more pressure on them as they face the election. This next decision in terms of who will take over Boehner’s position is one of many crucial decisions to be made in the next following month for Congress. The real question is whether or not we’ll be able to match the level of expertise and experience Boehner brought to us over the years.
A few possible candidates for Republican speaker of the house are either Kevin McCarthy from California, Steve Scalise from Louisiana, and Tom Price from Georgia. As of now, McCarthy is one of the top candidates to replace Boehner in office. McCarthy, also a conservative Republican, announced his efforts to replace Boehner as he attempted to round up potential voters to support him. While he appeals to some members, he’s had a troubled past of failing to gather votes and lead other members effectively.
After Paul Ryan from Wisconsin declined from running for Speaker, he nominated Price to run instead. The race to replace Boehner is on, which means Congress needs to find someone capable of upholding his position ASAP.