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All Over and Not Crying ~ John Boehner Resigns
Speaker of the House John Boehner resigned after the Pope visited Washington and the result has been utter chaos among Republicans. The heir-apparent to Boehner was supposed to be Kevin McCarthy, but he made the mistake of being really honest (a rarity in Congress) and admitted they targeted Hillary Clinton with the Benghazi Committee:
In a surprise development, Kevin McCarthy is the first person being held accountable for Benghazi. #Speaker— MATTY ICE (@MattyIceAZ) October 8, 2015
Also a smear campaign was happening on social media saying he committed adultery with married Congresswoman Renee Ellmers of North Carolina.
Last week McCarthy realized he didn't have the votes to become Speaker and decided to pull his name in a surprise announcement. Congress and the beltway press were shocked! SHOCKED!
The Presidential Candidates React:
McCarthy steps out. The only guy who can win wont run. The only guys who are running wont win. http://t.co/qgxBK9rgVW Welcome to the House— Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) October 9, 2015
At 8am McCarthy told his colleagues he was running and wanted their vote. At 12:15 he pulled out of the race.— Luke Russert (@LukeRussert) October 8, 2015
Russert: "Members thought McCarthy was joking. He has a wicked sense of humor." #speaker— Culture of Truth (@Bobblespeak) October 8, 2015
The great @hardball_chris on McCarthy news "This is news, this is big, this is toilet overflowing in the carnival line big!"— Luke Russert (@LukeRussert) October 8, 2015
Total chaos. No clear front-runner for gavel. Mbrs stunned, reacting. McCarthy allies trying to draft center-rght cand as Right makes move.— Robert Costa (@costareports) October 8, 2015
Rep. Peter King tells me that members are crying in cloakroom, unable to handle the unrest and confusion. "A banana republic," he says.— Robert Costa (@costareports) October 8, 2015
MORE: McCarthy failed to win over a small but crucial bloc in the House GOP: the hardline Freedom Caucus: http://t.co/P2IaCVCt1C— The Associated Press (@AP) October 8, 2015
Per members, McCarthy told colleagues today that Thursday "was the first time he’s had a good night’s sleep in two weeks"— Robert Costa (@costareports) October 9, 2015
Hilarious that the Tea Party extremists in the House call themselves the “Freedom Caucus.” Freedom is the last thing these people are about.— Charles Johnson (@Green_Footballs) October 9, 2015
Then in a complete show of madness, people started asking Paul Ryan to step up and become Speaker. In response, he acted as though they had tossed him a radioactive hand grenade. He said he would think about it over the weekend - we'll see what Monday brings.
Luke Russert: Ryan is getting pushback from conservatives, who are calling him "RINO Ryan". #SpeakerOfTheHouse— Culture of Truth (@Bobblespeak) October 9, 2015
Paul Ryan, our nation turns its lonely eyes to you pic.twitter.com/eO5EBMaouv”— Blake Hounshell (@blakehounshell) October 9, 2015
.@blakehounshell woo woo woo. Ev'ry way you look at it, you lose.— soc_list (@soc_list) October 9, 2015
Something perhaps weighing on Paul Ryan this wknd. Only 1 Hse Spkr has ever become President: James Polk. pic.twitter.com/71etqFE1YU— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) October 9, 2015
Here's what's happening in the Stupid Party:
From Business Insider
Confusion reigned across the party. One Republican aide told Business Insider on Thursday, "I honestly have no idea" of the caucus' next move. Another echoed that sentiment. Yet another had similar thoughts, though the aide simply sent Business Insider the emoticon commonly referred to as a "shruggie," that signals a shrug: "¯\_(ツ)_/¯"
"Thunderdome," Erick Erickson, a prominent conservative activist and the editor in chief of the site RedState, told Business Insider.
From Addicting Info:
Currently, a small faction of Tea Party extremists in Congress is wreaking havoc and chaos at every possible turn. These 40 republican politicians, all members of the House Freedom Caucus, have decided to hold their fellow Republicans, and likely the entire country, hostage to their fanatical demands. Every seemingly-sane member of Congress has been targeted by these far-right nuts, who have absolutely no clue how to govern.
This is the group that orchestrated the resignation of House Speaker John Boehner. They went after Republican colleagues, Renee Ellmers and Kevin McCarthy, when it looked as if McCarthy had a good chance of becoming the next speaker.
Sane conservatives, scrambling to save the party from a now inevitable implosion, have been begging Paul Ryan to put in a bid for speaker. Although Ryan has repeatedly said that he is not going to run, far right extremists are now attacking him, apparently just for being mentioned as a possibility.
Remember when Paul Ryan, Kevin McCarthy, and Eric Cantor were the future of the Republican Party? How's that working out?— Wayne A Schneider (@WayneASchneider) October 10, 2015