Posted by AzBlueMeanie:
The conservative media entertainment complex was abuzz yesterday with a rumor that Weeper of the House John Boehner was facing a revolt among his Tea-Publican Caucus and that he would resign at a meeting of the GOP Caucus on Wednesday evening (see Breitbart. com, Outgoing GOP Rep: We Have Enough Votes to Unseat Boehner.)
I suppose the right-wing noise machine can be right occasionally, in the same way that a broken clock is right twice a day. These guys live in a paranoid delusional world of conspiracy theories.
John Boehner was rumored -- incorrectly -- to be planning to resign Wednesday night as speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives following a series of embarrassments arising in large part from the intransigence of many in his party's far-right factions, whom he has had great trouble controlling.
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Does all the [recent] bad press and criticism mean that Boehner is going to resign from his position at the helm of the dysfunctional House of Representatives, half of a legislature that the Minneapolis Star-Tribune dubbed the "worst Congress ever" last week?
That is the rumor, and it is being spread by a number of prominent commentators and politicos, most important among them Ron Meyer Jr., a spokesman for the conservative group American Majority Action (an organization that has been railing at Boehner's leadership from the right). Meyer said on MSNBC that sources tell him Boehner will step down from the speakership Wednesday night.
“We need a new speaker,” Meyer said on the news channel. “There are serious rumors that at the conference tonight, at 5 o’clock, John Boehner will announce to the conference that he is resigning as speaker of the House.”
Pressed for more detail, Meyer would only offer the following uninformative reply:
“I’m not going to name names, just watch tonight,” Meyer said.
Well, 5 o'clock came and went and Boehner didn't resign. So much for the credibility of Meyer's contacts close to Boehner.
Still, soon after Meyer made the prediction, the rumor spread quickly. A number of sites posted it online, and by early Wednesday evening Boehner's last name was even trending nationally on Twitter, a social networking site not usually prone to trending topics related to the minutiae of politics.
The GOP Caucus will elect its leadership today for the 113th Congress. Unless and until Boehner actually resigns, as Mark Twain once said, "The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated."
The real failure here is the conspiracy driven conservative media entertainment complex.
UPDATE: The TanMan, John Boehner, the "Worst. Speaker. Ever.," has been reelected Speaker Weeper of the House.