U.S. Government Shutdown (2013)

Boehner heard the pope's message, but did GOP hard-liners?

Boehner heard the pope's message, but did GOP hard-liners?

House Speaker John A. Boehner's sudden decision to resign Friday came as a thunderclap in Washington, but it shouldn't have surprised anyone who witnessed Boehner's frustration grow with his fractious Republican caucus.

"Here's the attitude," he complained last year after conservatives blocked his fitful attempts to move immigration reform bills forward. "Ohhhh, don't make me do this. Ohhhh, this is too hard… We get elected to solve problems, and it's remarkable to me how many of my colleagues just don't want to."

"It does pain me to be described as spineless or a squish," he said in January, after 25 conservatives voted against him...

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