My view is he saw the writing on the wall. If he stayed on as speaker he would be remembered as the man who lead the house Republicans to the biggest upset election in US history. That the majority are going to force through their agenda one way or the other. That their agenda will be so staggeringly unpopular as to insure the upset that I've already mentioned. That the Pope telling him to give way is just a handy excuse for him to save face. It'll be a tough year, but all of the US will know what returning this group of idiots to Congress will mean.
John Boehner will not go down in history as one of America's greatest Speakers of the House, but at least he served as something of a buffer between the Republican crazies and the rest of America. (This morning when Marco Rubio announced Boehner's plan to retire, attendees at the Values Voter Summit in Washington roared their approval and then rose in a standing ovation.) After the end of October, that buffer is gone.
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