John Boehner

Boehner

Friday, September 25, 2015 – 09:00 a.m.

No one expected this announcement on a low news Friday.

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) will resign the end of October.

It had been widely expected that Boehner wouldn’t seek reelection as speaker. But his decision to resign adds a little extra flavor.

But did he really have any choice? Probably not.

The move paves the way for a successor who will be given the task of uniting the fractured caucus.

GOP leadership in both the House and Senate have suffered one defeat after another at the hands of President Barack Obama and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada).

We’ll see who gets the node as Boehner’s replacement. Right now majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-California) is the rumored possible choice as Boehner’s replacement. McCarthy has been hiding in the weeds, taking a low profile, while Boehner has been taking rounds.

But will McCarthy be viewed by some as part of Boehner’s regime?

Today’s development is a symptom of just how dysfunctional Washington, D.C. really is.