I suppose no one can blame House Speaker John Boehner for planning to resign from congress. A political horse-trader by temperament and traditional conservative by voting record, his speakership has been a rocky one due to his fruitless efforts to deal the 50 or so far-right tea-party Republicans in his caucus. Rather than simply ignore this rabble — and that’s exactly what they constitute — Boehner attempted to bring them into the legislative process. The problem, of course, is that the tea partyers have no interest in legislating or compromise. They are in Washington either to get their way on fiscal, immigration and social issues, or blow up the government through default or shutdown.
While a lot of the blame for the resulting chaos of the past five years can be assigned to Boehner, I’ll be sad to see him go. He’s provided a wealth of cartoon material. And then there’s the real possibility that the person replacing him might be even worse at dealing with an already bad situation.