Look, I get that it’s easy for liberals to react with jubilation upon hearing the news that John Boehner is leaving Congress at the end of October. After all, he’s been one of the most inept, obstructive and ineffective House Speakers in U.S. history. Despite being a seasoned member of Congress, he’s routinely allowed inexperienced tea party members of his party to make him look like an absolute fool throughout his tenure. Far too often the most powerful Republican (supposedly) has been pushed around and bullied by no-name radicals who seem hellbent on destroying this country.
That being said, this is really not a day to celebrate for rational Americans who wants to see a more effective and reasonable government. As bad as Boehner was at his job, there’s at least one thing he was most of the time: Sane.
Just think about this for a moment. Boehner was unpopular with many members of his own party because they feel he’s been too liberal. Yes, possibly the most obstructive House Speaker in modern history has been too liberal for many conservative members of Congress.
Let that roll around in your head for a little bit.
Now ask yourself, do you really believe these Republicans who think Boehner is too liberal are going to pick someone who’s going to be more rational, logical and reasonable?
Trust me, if you thought Congress was bad before, you haven’t seen anything yet.
If Boehner was being replaced because Republicans were moving toward a more progressive set of ideologies, or because Democrats had taken back control of the House, then this would be news to celebrate.
That’s not what is happening here. John Boehner was essentially pushed out because he was facing another huge challenge to his position of power in Congress, so he decided to go ahead and resign. Sure, he says he’s been planning this for a while, but nobody should believe that.
I’ll tell you why: Because he didn’t show real emotion.
Mock him if you like, but John Boehner is clearly an emotional guy who tends to cry – a lot. I couldn’t help but notice that while he was explaining why he’s deciding to set down, he didn’t cry. Sure, he got choked up a bit when he talked about his family and his interaction with Pope Francis the day before – but not about leaving the job. Hell, if anything he seemed relieved. And not the type of relieved as in, “I’m just glad to be retiring so I can enjoy the rest of my life.” He seemed like someone who was borderline ecstatic to be escaping the insanity that he knew was building within his party.
To me, this situation is one of those instances where I would rather deal with the enemy I know than the enemy I don’t. Remember, the Republicans in Congress who essentially forced John Boehner out for being “too liberal” are going to be the people who select his replacement.
I know it’s easy for many to celebrate the departure of someone who liberals have loathed for years, but celebrate with caution. I think it’s important to point out that while John Boehner was clearly bad at his job, sadly, whoever replaces him is almost certain to be much worse.