Day after Pope Francis visits Washington, D.C., Speaker John Boehner resigns.

Day after Pope Francis visits Washington, D.C., Speaker John Boehner resigns.

“I think John Boehner threw himself on a grenade.” – Chuck Todd

THE INVITE of Pope Francis was Speaker John Boehner‘s highest moment. As a devout Catholic, Boehner knew he could never deliver on the Pontifex’s plea to stop the divisiveness. Because of the Hastert rule, where legislation in the House can only be passed with Republican majority votes, Boehner knew he couldn’t win a shutdown vote without Democrats. Now he can work with Democrats and stop a shutdown, leaving the mess to someone else later in the year.

This has been coming for a long time, but you cannot separate Speaker Boehner’s resignation from Pope Francis’s visit to America.

It was Marco Rubio who got to breathe fire on the moment at the so-called Value Voters Summit. The room exploded in applause.

“The time has come to turn the page.” – Marco Rubio

Speaker John Boehner, a man in a legislative body that has become the symbol of everything that’s wrong with our politics, sits down to speak with Pope Francis. As a devout Catholic looking at his options, seeing the peace of the Pontif’s message, you have to wonder if Speaker John Boehner got confirmation of a decision he’d already come to that there was a better way to live life than to be a politician in Washington, D.C.

“It’s a wonderful day.” – Speaker Boehner, after his decision to resign was made public [Politico]

I’m grateful for Speaker Boehner working to get Pope Francis to America. It was an achievement worthy of his office, even if so many things he did as a politician were the opposite of the Pope’s message.