Boehner Resigns: The One Thing You Must Understand About The Speaker's Decision
By Erick Erickson, Fox News
If you are going to prognosticate, pound your chest, and lament that House Speaker John Boehner is resigning from Congress on October 30th, don't blame conservatives.
The truth is that conservatives alone did not have the votes to end Boehner's tenure. Conservatives may not like it that I say this, but it is true. There were only twenty or so conservatives holding fast against Boehner, but their numbers did grow closer to thirty, which put Boehner in need of Democratic votes.
That said, Boehner was losing more than thirty votes in the end and whoever is the next Speaker should understand why.
Mathematically, there are only about 21 conservatives in the House of Representatives who are repeatedly anti-Boehner. That Boehner cut bad deals with President Obama or that he Boehner negotiated with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnnell or even that the Speaker still wanted to fund Planned Parenthood really was not going to affect that.