By DEXTER DUGGAN
A rumor was afoot that John Boehner would be challenged for the U.S. House speakership in two weeks, after immediate budget negotiations were out of the way, former California Cong. Robert Dornan told The Wanderer during a September 20 telephone talk.
Congress can be a glacial institution, big, cold, and slow-moving, a source of frustration to conservative reformers who want to hack away at its corruption.
If Republican Boehner were removed, said Dornan during the call, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell would have to wonder what happens to him once his established relationship with the leader of the other congressional chamber is gone.
The glacier, for a change, strapped on racing wheels. By the time Dornan and The Wanderer spoke again six days later, on September 26, Boehner had startled the political world by announcing his resignation effective the end of October, not only from the speakership but Congress itself.
Now what was to become of McConnell, quickly showing his determination to continue doing business the old way that brought Boehner to grief? Some well-placed Republicans began calling for McConnell to quit, too.
In his surprise announcement on September 25, Boehner said he woke up that morning, said his prayers, “as I always do,” and decided the time to step down had come, to spare the institution from irreparable harm due to prolonged leadership turmoil.
Was prayerful Boehner’s conscience perhaps pricking him a bit as a Catholic who, along with the Senate’s McConnell, was going to try to force through approval once again for about a half-billion dollars of federal funding for abortion giant Planned Parenthood? … Continue Reading