John Boehner was a terrible, very bad, no good speaker of the House. But, bad as Boehner was, he was just a symptom of the underlying malady, the madness that has consumed his party. Threats that Republicans will shut down the government or push it into default unless they get their way have become standard operating procedure. Boehner is quitting because he found himself caught between the limits of the politically possible and a base that lives in its own reality. But don’t cry for (or with) Mr. Boehner; cry for America, which must find a way to live with a GOP gone mad.
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