Boehner gives up the battle
The beleaguered speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, John Boehner, has given up his fight against the purists in his party who have been openly antagonistic toward him because he consorted with what they see as the enemy, meaning anyone who does not adhere to the same standards of conservative purity that party ideologues adhere to.
The ideologues have an influence disproportional to their numbers because those who are less pure in the GOP do not wish to defy conservative orthodoxy, for fear of being ousted through primary challenges in their own party.
Conservatives assess the political landscape based on their success nationally in the 2014 elections, which expanded on the success they achieved in 2010.
The conservatives accept the judgments of the electorate in 2010 and 2014 and, if history holds true, the future election of 2018, but reject the judgments of electorates in 2008 and 2012 and, if history holds true, the future election of 2016.
Boehner's pending resignation is accompanied by harsh criticism of those who have opposed him.
He said, "We've got groups here in town, members of the House and Senate here in town, who whipped people into a frenzy believing they can accomplish things that they know -- they know -- are never going to happen."
Will the new speaker be able to accomplish what Boehner says is "never going to happen," or will Congress sink deeper into dysfunction?