(…it just screws up effective governance for anything else)

At the peak of all the pomp and circumstance for almost concurrent state visits by the Pope and the President of Communist China, John Boehner, the Speaker of the House, pulled his version of a –Friday Night Massacre – by announcing his intention to resign as Speaker and from Congress next month.

While publicly denying that his decision was due to frustration with the continuing single issue obstructionism of a radical right-wing faction of his own party, it’s obvious that he’s lost patience with the dysfunctional conditions that obstructionism has caused in the House. When the ideological rigidity of such a faction over rides flexible common sense…it just screws up effective governance for anything else. While his decision is undoubtedly sincere and well-intentioned, it leaves the Republican majority in disarray, and his leaving means the last grown-up has left the legislative room to those kiddies running wild in that political playpen we call…Capitol Hill.

It’s a sorry state of affairs when the clamor of a minority claque insists on its own personal political agenda, rather than considering what is best for the country as a whole. We, the taxpaying voters, are definitely being ill-served by these kinds of politicos; but then, we’re the dumbasses who elected them in the first place, so we really don’t have a strong basis for complaining about them.

What happens next is anyone’s guess, but for all practical purposes Boehner’s removal is nothing to cheer about if you’re a Republican. It doesn’t change a thing because whoever replaces him will still be facing the same problem…how to rein in the extreme elements of the party and still get something meaningful accomplished about those more serious and broader issues our country faces.

It’s not a very encouraging situation.