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Anti-establishment wave that Boehner rode to the top eventually swamped him.

The battle among Capitol Hill Republicans to replace House Speaker John Boehner will likely unfold like the one that led to Boehner’s resignation: GOP leadership vs. the party’s most conservative caucus. “Before we rush headlong into leadership elections, we need to take time to reflect on what has happened and have a serious discussion about … what we expect of our leaders, and how we plan to accomplish our goals,” Illinois Rep.Boehner’s announcement didn’t just happen to coincide with the Pope’s visit – it also took place a day before his annual staff picnic, an affair that drew about 200 current and former members of “Team Boehner” (some were sporting shirts to that effect) and their families to a big white tent in a quiet corner of the university’s campus.

WASHINGTON — At the White House, a stunned President Obama expressed hope for bipartisan progress as turmoil among Republicans ended US Representative John A. Cantor, who served as second in command in the Republican-controlled House until an abrupt defeat in his primary election last year, blasted GOP leaders in a New York Times op-ed Friday. On Capitol Hill, the conservatives who had again felled one of their leaders rallied to name the terms for the next person to wield the speaker’s gavel. Graham, who’s had low polling numbers in the GOP presidential race, said he likes Boehner and praised him for his 25-year career in Congress, which comes to a close on Oct. 30.

And on Wall Street, fear set in at the prospect of another showdown over the government’s ability to pay its debt, support its export businesses, and simply keep its doors open. He affirmed that Boehner’s resignation was an opportunity for Republicans to “demonstrate to the American people that we are prepared to govern,” but was impeded by the “lack of will” on the party’s part. “As a result we missed chances to achieve important policies for the good of the country,” he wrote, adding that conservatives “have not been honest about what can be accomplished when your party controls Congress, but not the White House.” Boehner, who was first elected to Congress in 1990, insisted that he was not forced to resign.

But Graham said he expects more from whoever becomes the next speaker: “I hope we can have a relationship … that will allow us not to shut down the government, keep the conservative agenda alive and focus on winning in 2016.” Graham also hinted at a standoff coming this winter over the budget, telling reporters that he won’t vote for a budget that doesn’t lift sequestration caps on defense spending. And there amidst them was a tanned and casual-looking Boehner, wearing a white-and-lavender checkered shirt, navy shorts, and brown loafers with no socks, looked relaxed milling about and chatting with his extended family of staffers. And Boehner said in his resignation announcement Friday that “McCarthy would be an excellent speaker.” “I am not announcing a run for any leadership position because I currently don’t believe our conference or our leadership can be successful until we confront the underlying issues that have led to this moment.” In addition, the chamber’s No. 3 Republican, House Majority Whip Louisiana Rep. The informal affair was not intended to serve as a goodbye party, as it was planned months ahead of time – and, as Boehner told reporters this week, he only decided when he woke up Friday morning that he would definitely resign his speakership, announcing his decision mere hours later. His resignation is likely to herald an even more combative stretch in the nation’s capital, emboldening conservatives to defy Obama on looming decisions regarding spending, debt, and taxes.

After scoring a major victory in convincing Pope Francis to address Congress on Thursday, Boehner said the decision to leave is his way of potentially bringing an end to the “prolonged leadership turmoil” besetting the Capitol. But in a way, the picnic is an early bookend to the Ohio Republican’s term as speaker, just as it closes out what is arguably one of the most emotional weeks of Boehner’s tenure. His critics, however, say he hasn’t been conservative enough, caved too often to Democrats and has failed to challenge President Barack Obama’s agenda.

The speaker tipped his hat to the Pope Friday morning, noting that after listening to Francis’s comments about living by the Golden Rule, Boehner began to think about accelerating his plans to step down. The speaker also said his constituents and others he’d met along the way were what made his tenure in Congress so fascinating. “I’ve succeeded, in large part, because I put a staff together and a team together, many of which have been with me for a long time,” Boehner said at Friday’s press conference. “And without a great staff you can’t be a great member, and you certainly can’t be a great speaker.” Karoun Demirjian covers defense and foreign policy and was previously a correspondent based in the Post’s bureau in Moscow, Russia. The Republican presidential primary battle has been dominated by outsiders like Donald Trump, Carly Fiorina, and Ben Carson, who have castigated their party’s leadership in Washington.

However, ascending to the speakership will be difficult for any of them, considering the existence of the small-but-powerful number of House Republicans who repeatedly suggested Boehner and his leadership team wasn’t conservative enough and tried to derail several legislative initiatives. Before that, she reported for the Las Vegas Sun as its Washington Correspondent, the Associated Press in Jerusalem, the Chicago Tribune, Congressional Quarterly, and worked at NPR.

Now, with conservatives claiming Boehner’s demise as a political victory, many expect his successor to face tremendous pressure to bring that combative spirit to the halls of Congress, and to instigate a showdown with the president over budget limits and the debt ceiling at the end of the year. They most recently tried to make defunding Planned Parenthood part of a spending bill that must be passed by Wednesday to avoid a partial government shutdown.

Boehner took the helm of the House in 2011 and has recently been under intense pressure to present legislation that would fund the government, avoiding a shutdown on Oct. 1, while also slashing federal funds from Planned Parenthood. Jeb Hensarling, Texas; Pete Roskam, Illinois; and Tom Price, Georgia, are among the chamber’s most conservative members and among those mentioned as possible Boehner replacements. The new speaker, elevated to the country’s third-highest constitutional post by a conservative rebellion, will face demands from those same rebels to extract concessions from a president who has little to lose by standing firm. At stake for conservatives will be the one clear victory they have scored since the Tea Party revolution of 2010: firm statutory limits on spending signed into law in 2011, which Obama has said he can no longer abide.

Presidential aides have begun to take stock of a changed political landscape that could include some last-minute deal-making with Boehner before he heads back to Ohio. There could be a longer-term budget agreement that also deals with raising the nation’s debt ceiling, and possibly even a major infrastructure bill, long talked about and long stalled. “John’s not going to leave for another 30 days, so hopefully he feels like getting as much stuff done as he possibly can,” Obama said during a news conference with the Chinese president on Friday.

If the next speaker “decided that But Schiliro, too, expressed some pessimism, adding, “At its core, there’s a group of members in the House Republican caucus who affirmatively don’t want to govern.” Already, those who have egged on the rebellion are showing no willingness to give the next speaker much room for compromise. Before the news of Boehner’s decision had even sunk in, conservative knives were out for the heir apparent, Representative Kevin McCarthy of California, the House majority leader. Hours after Boehner’s announcement, Representative Roger Williams, a Texas Republican who is among the conservative hard-liners, warned, “I hope all Republicans, including those in the Senate, are listening to what grass-roots conservatives are saying: It is time for conservative leadership and conservative principles.”

But when it came to governing, dealing with the Senate and speaking with Obama, Boehner had to abandon those who thrust him into the speaker’s chair. But it was clear that the many cuts of many lawmakers ultimately laid low the Ohio Republican. “It was not an inside force that pushed the speaker out. Thomas Massie, a Kentucky Republican and an avowed Boehner opponent. “The honor of John Boehner this morning stands in stark contrast to the idiocy of those members who seek to continually divide us,” Florida GOP Rep. David Jolly, fumed at what he called “the shutdown caucus.” The Capitol returned to normal Thursday afternoon after the extraordinary visit to Congress by Pope Francis.

The Senate would try to advance a stopgap bill (known as a Continuing Resolution or “CR”) Monday to run the government and fund Planned Parenthood after Sept. 30. A senior Republican aide told reporters the House GOP leadership planned to discuss additional methods to get at Planned Parenthood during a meeting Friday. Still, the approach to fight the group later wasn’t enough for Flores. “Voting on the Senate’s Continuing Resolution without amending it is not enough,” he said. “The Senate’s CR reads like (Senate Minority Leader) Harry Reid’s (D-NV) wish list. Especially amid all the current turbulence? “The way for conservatives to make an impact is to coalesce and stick together,” Mulvaney said. “We know we are outnumbered.

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