Like many conservatives, I’m not a huge fan of John Boehner.
Over the years, he has not been consistent in cobbling together an effective legislative agenda and does not do so well when he has to confront President Obama. His willingess to blink on immigration is a strong indication of his hesitancy to confront Obama. This is particularly egregious given Obama’s usurpation of Congressional jurisdiction.
But all things considered, it is probably for the best that Boehner was not ousted as Speaker of the House today. Two months ago, Boehner helped lead the GOP to its biggest congressional majority in nearly seven decades. Had he been ousted today, President Obama would not only have a field day, he’d have the field for the rest of the year. Obama could sit on the sidelines and watch Republicans fight to the death. This would give plenty of fodder to a liberal media only too happy to feed on it.
This is isn’t to say that Boehner shouldn’t ultimately be replaced. There is legitimate discontent with him. But if Republicans are going to replace him, there will have to be a passing of the torch to a viable successor. Louis Gohmert and Ted Yoho will simply not do. This successor will have to possess a strong legislative agenda, a willingness to go mano-a-mano with Obama while at the same time possessing a friendly and light touch. A way for Boehner to exit gracefully would also have to be found. I’m not saying this would be an easy task. More than a few tears would be shed and not just by Boehner. But it would probably be the best case scenario.
On the other hand, Obama can’t stay out of the spotlight forever. In time, everyone will remember why we were so annoyed with him in 2014. In a few months, not only will everyone have forgotten about Boehner, this challenge to his leadership will be but a mere footnote.