Who’s next? Possible Boehner successors as speaker

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Boehner resignation spurs reaction across political spectrum.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The “regular guy with a big job” has seemed at the center of palace intrigue forever, a man to shake things up in the old days, to be plotted against on and off ever since.

House Speaker John Boehner says he had planned to resign at the end of last year but stayed on because he feared a leadership shakeup would create too much turmoil for House Republicans. Kevin McCarthy has risen to the upper reaches of House leadership mostly on the basis of his people skills and political smarts rather than his policy chops. There was nothing regular about John Boehner’s rise and fall and rise and fall in the House, nothing constant except that tan and the smoke-filled rooms wherever he was allowed to light up. Marco Rubio, who shared the stunning development with the crowd at the annual Value Voters forum in Washington, where the rowdy cheers spanned 30 seconds. The California Republican, who is the overwhelming favorite to succeed John Boehner as speaker, has relied on those skills to navigate the treacherous waters of the fractious GOP conference.

And I think maybe most importantly, he’s somebody who understands that in government, in governance, you don’t get 100 percent of what you want, but you have to work with people who you disagree with — sometimes strongly — in order to do the people’s business.” — President Barack Obama. “Speaker Boehner is a master of the legislative process who has always demonstrated great respect for the institutions of Congress. Boehner’s announced exit as House speaker and from Congress altogether caps a political career that began as the head of a homeowners association in an Ohio neighborhood and made him second in line to the presidency. Emboldened tea party leaders across the nation celebrated, too, on a remarkable day for a GOP starkly divided between its ardent ideologues and its pragmatic establishment. A firm opponent of abortion rights, he was essentially undone by disaffection from conservatives who want to push an anti-abortion struggle over Planned Parenthood financing to the point of closing the government, a step too far for him. With less than five months before Iowa’s presidential caucuses, Boehner’s downfall served as a victory for its conservative wing and a rallying cry for those who seek to ride its frustrations to the White House. “If we are splintered, a moderate establishment candidate runs up the middle with 23 percent of the vote, steals the nomination and then loses to Hillary Clinton in the general election,” said Texas Sen.

They complained that Boehner wasn’t fighting hard enough to strip Planned Parenthood of government funds, even though doing so risked a government shutdown next week. We’ve got ’em all.” Asked about a possible scenario for ending the 2013 partial government shutdown, he said: “If ‘ands’ and ‘buts’ were candy and nuts, then every day would be Christmas.” He’s been known to start singing “Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-ay, my, oh my, what a wonderful day” to the press and, indeed, mixed bits of the song into his resignation news conference Friday. Bush. “He has given selflessly and tirelessly of his energy, and I would think every Republican would be grateful to him for his contributions to and leadership of not only our great party, but also the U.S.

He was once one of the agitators — a member of the Newt Gingrich Gang of Seven who seized the Republican congressional agenda, then the reins of House power, in the 1990s. But conservatives frustrated with Boehner’s willingness to strike deals with Democrats see an ally in McCarthy, who cut his teeth as an aide to powerful former Rep. If conservatives unite, we win.” The Republican establishment repeatedly beat back conservative challenges in the 2014 midterm elections, helping to give their party control of both chambers of Congress. Boehner, a Catholic, said he woke up, said his prayers and decided “today’s the day I’m going to do this.” Boehner said he told House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, the No. 2 House Republican, about two minutes before he addressed a closed-door meeting of House Republicans Friday morning. Mick Mulvaney, R-S.C., among those who helped push Boehner out. “It’s fair to say that if Kevin were to run he would be able to draw votes from across the conference.” In the hours after Boehner’s shocking announcement, McCarthy stayed quiet, but GOP lawmakers said he was a likely bet to win the top job.

I doubt this group of obstructionists will be supportive of whomever succeeds John as speaker, but we can always hope they will become team players.” — Former Senate Republican Leader Bob Dole. “Speaker Boehner was able to transform a broken and dispirited Republican minority into the largest Republican majority since the 1920s. In 2008, leading House Republicans in the minority, he lectured draggy members to get off their “dead asses.” He accused Obama of moving goalposts in budget brinkmanship and trying to “annihilate” the GOP. Boehner’s announcement shocked the Capitol, and came less than 24 hours after an emotional moment for the Cincinnati Republican when he introduced Pope Francis as his guest Thursday to a joint session of Congress. “We were at a tipping point with frustration in the conference regarding leadership,” Ratcliffe said. “The fact is we weren’t successfully advancing conservative principles.” “I consider him a friend and someone that I’m ideologically aligned with on most issues, but I certainly don’t want to imply that he’s considering,” Ratcliffe said.

Unlike Boehner or previous Democratic speakers like Tom Foley of Washington or Jim Wright of Texas, McCarthy has never chaired a committee — and lacks a signature legislative accomplishment like the No Child Left Behind education law that Boehner help shepherd through Congress during President George W. Obama had his own frustrations with the speaker, although his most memorable line about Boehner was a tease about his tan. “He is a person of color,” Obama cracked in 2009, suggesting a common racial heritage. “Although not a color that appears in the natural world.” Both smiled over that.

Boehner summed up the lawmakers he was overseeing this way in 2011 to the Wall Street Journal columnist and Ronald Reagan speechwriter, Peggy Noonan: “We got some of the smartest people in the country who serve here, and some of the dumbest. House of Representatives, it reminds us of the continuing promise of this country.” — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. “I have not always agreed and I wasn’t always happy with what John told me. The billionaire suggested that while some people may like Boehner personally, “we want people who are going to get it done.” “How can it be that we’ve sent a Republican majority to Congress, and yet they still not able to stop our country from sliding in the wrong direction?” asked Rubio, a Republican member of Congress himself.

His tenure has been defined by his early struggles to reach budget agreements with Obama and his wrestling with the expectations of tea party conservatives who abhorred his tendencies toward deal-making. With his unnatural-looking tan, relaxed and sociable demeanor, love of golf and well-known tendency to cry in public, Boehner was widely popular among House Republicans. Which means, orange really is the new black.” “Listen, I play golf, I ride a bike, I cut my own grass, my mother is dark-complected, so I’m a little dark,” he told Jay Leno last year. “There’s no tanning beds, no spray anything, never, not once ever, ever nothing.” Boehner isn’t shy about his fondness for a nice wine and a drag on a Camel (the brand he took up when his beloved Barclays were discontinued).

But McCarthy parted ways with Boehner in early 2013 on a vote to increase tax rates on wealthier filers and, more recently, sided with conservatives who made a cause celebre of opposing the reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank, which helps finance purchases of U.S. exports by foreign buyers. His word was always good.” — Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid. “The resignation of the speaker is a stark indication of the disarray of the House Republicans. The Senate is scheduled to hold a procedural vote Monday on a bill to fund the government — including money for Planned Parenthood — into December. As the House Financial Services Committee chairman, he has pushed a series of reforms that carry strong appeal among the populist wing of the Republican Party. Second oldest in a Catholic family of 12 in the northern Cincinnati suburb of Reading, Boehner swept floors in his father’s bar, played high-school football and worked his way through university.

Rick Santorum, another 2016 presidential contender, railed against Republicans in Congress who backed down, even when given the opportunity to focus American’s attention on “the horror of abortion.” At roughly the same time that Santorum and other were toasting Boehner’s resignation, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus praised him as “a tireless advocate for conservative principles.” In a written statement issued by his office, Priebus said, “our party owes him a great debt.” Former Florida Gov. His first major campaign as chairman was a bill that would have overhauled how Americans finance their homes, a reform that thrilled many on the right but was seen as too radical by House leaders, who never gave the bill a vote. He joined the Vietnam War-era Navy, lasted only weeks because of back problems, returned to college and climbed the ranks of a plastics and packaging company to the top. Also on the agenda, Congress has until Oct. 29 to renew federal highway programs, and the government’s ability to pay its bills expires around Oct. 30. They really haven’t stayed true to conservative values,” said Pam Anderson, a marina manager who traveled to the conference from Panama City, Florida.

That means Congress will have to extend the government’s borrowing authority or face a first-ever federal default. “I’m not going to sit around here and do nothing for the next 30 days,” Boehner said. “There’s a lot of work that needs to be done. There he soon became a lieutenant of the rabble-rousing Gingrich, who as mid-1990s speaker steered him to No. 4 in House leadership, with a plush office and a taste of power and the high life for a man who loves his Merlot wine and golfing.

He said Friday that a day after a historic high point — the pope’s visit and speech to Congress, Boehner’s longtime goal — he awoke and decided this was the day.

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