We asked for your responses to the surprising resignation of House Speaker John Boehner. Here are the results of the unscientific survey, based on more than 350 replies.
1) The most logical explanation for Boehner’s departure is this:
He was driven out by the increasingly stubborn tea party wing of the GOP 58%
His encounter with Pope Francis in Congress on Thursday gave him courage and personal insight 14%
He recognized an inevitable battle ahead and, as he says, he did what’s best for the U.S. House 27%
2) The thing I will miss the most about Boehner:
His teary-eyed, down-to-earth, smoker-and-drinker reputation 15%
His eyerolling during State of the Union addresses 21%
His genuine attempt to find bipartisan solutions 30%
His tan 33%
3) Boehner’s midseason departure will boost conservatives’ hopes in the 2016 presidential election.
4) Boehner’s departure will help avoid a government shutdown threatened by Congressional conservatives.