Early Friday, a very unexpected thing happened in Washington, D.C.: A sitting House speaker, the third person in line for the Oval Office, suddenly announced that he was leaving Congress at the end of next month.
For conservatives, the exit of Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, is welcome news. With a "rating" well below that of most rank-and-file Republicans in the GOP-controlled House, he was seen as one of the biggest reasons why the party's base has long been frustrated by his leadership, and the biggest impediment to pressing a conservative political agenda.
But the pressing question is why? Why would the third-most powerful man in government, behind the president and vice president, up and quit? It's a question that has been swirling ever since Boehner made his surprise announcement. But one possible explanation is that the 13-term congressman and speaker has been threatened or compromised – or both – by the regime in power.
Yes, we know. That sounds like a huge conspiracy theory. But consider what Boehner has done during his tenure – and what he's about to do before he leaves office on Oct. 30.
-- Boehner – and to an equal extent, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. – has been instrumental in ensuring that President Obama's left-wing "fundamental transformation" agenda has been implemented or, at a bare minimum, at least not opposed.