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Speaker of the House Boehner Calling It Quits

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Faced with an imminent crushing and humiliating defeat by his own caucus, Speaker of the House Boehner unexpectedly quit today. No, he didn't give up his Speakership -- only his obligations to run the House.  He's decided to throw in the towel, do nothing (something he excels at), and hang out a sign on Congress's door saying, "Gone Fishing. Be back in 5 weeks."

With no significant immigration bill to assuage the border fears he and his fellow Republicans fueled, he looks like he's a loser who's no longer got the control over his own people. Stick a fork in the old fool. He's done.

He can take solace in the fact that his leadership isn't the only one to take an embarrassing wallop by pulling his weak and ineffective immigration bill. The troika of House GOP leaders all were crushed. Washington Post reports:

The pulling of the bill marked an embarrassing failure in the first real test of the new leadership team that takes office Thursday following Virginia Rep. Eric Cantor’s resignation as majority leader.

Exiting a closed-door morning huddle at the Republican National Committee, senior Republicans had expressed confidence that the Boehner proposal would pass.

As recently as Thursday morning, hours before the scheduled summer break, Boehner had signaled he wanted a bill passed so the Democrats couldn't use the August break to pound away at the Xenophobic GOP. To ensure he could get conservative Republicans on his side, he was even ready to do away with the Deferred Action for Child Arrivals program (DACA) -- surely something that would would get the Tea Party right wing immigration haters on board. It was all but assured -- and then the collapse. Newly elected GOP House Majority Whip Steve Scalise dashed Boehner's hopes with the news that he couldn't drum up the votes. Out the window went the bill as well as any possibility of getting Latino or Asian votes in the fall.

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So now Boehner and his two cohorts have five weeks to hide their faces before they're called back to spend three more weeks doing nothing and then going on their next scheduled break. The national budget, transportation, immigration, embassy appointments, education reform, long term unemployment -- all of these are now going unattended.

Well, Boehner's done. And truthfully so is the GOP as they used to be known. There are three parties now in the US running our government -- Democrats, the remnant Republicans, and the Tea Party.

Are you an unhappy Republican? If so, blame John Boehner -- but do it quick. He might retire before returning. His orange face is obviously not wanted in Washington D.C. anymore, unless it's on a Wanted poster for obstruction of justice and dereliction of Duty.

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And then there were 5: Two more Republicans bolt from House Immigration "Gang of 7"

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Once upon a time there was a bipartisan group of seven members of the U.S. House of Representatives that was working their little Congressional buns off to create a way to overhaul our immigration system.

Did I say seven? Make that five.

Now there is the threat of a very unhappy ending to that very long tale, because two more GOP members have turned on their ideological, Obama-hating heels and stomped off. They quit!

However, one optimistic Democratic aide still believes that this is not the end to comprehensive immigration reform, nosireebob. He calls this a mere setback, “but a lot of it depends on the House R’s and their leadership right now.”

Wait, what? Did he actually utter the words "House Republican leadership"? Isn't that an oxymoron? And if that's what this all rides on, well, let's just say things aren't looking up.

Via Roll Call:

Texas GOP Reps. Sam Johnson and John Carter said in a joint statement that they decided to leave the “gang of seven” because of “a lack of faith in President [Barack] Obama to enforce the current and new laws necessary to solve the immigration problem.”

“After years of hard work and countless meetings, we have reached a tipping point and can no longer continue working on a broad approach to immigration,”  Johnson and Carter said in their statement. “We want to be clear. The problem is politics. Instead of doing what’s right for America, President Obama time and again has unilaterally disregarded the U.S. Constitution, the letter of the law and bypassed the Congress … in order to advance his political agenda. We will not tolerate it.

They continue: “If past actions are the best indicators of future behavior; we know that any measure depending on the president’s enforcement will not be faithfully executed. It would be gravely irresponsible to further empower this administration by granting them additional authority or discretion with a new immigration system.”

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BREAKING- Dep't. of Duh: Donald Trump will not moderate GOP debate

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From the Dep't. of Duh:

MSNBC is reporting that Donald Trump is backing out of his role as moderator [sic] of  GOP debate number 178095. He's blaming this on something or other about not giving up the "right" aka the impossibility of a run for president as an Independent, choosing to be in denial about everyone running away from him the way Occupy protesters run from pepper spray-happy police officers.

Now Donald can officially join the Sarah Palin Quitter Club and become a regular contributor on ClusterFox, the Media Bias Sunday talk shows, and sell books.

UPDATE, an email from Politico:

Donald Trump will not moderate the upcoming NewsMax presidential debate in Iowa, the New York real estate mogul announced Tuesday. Noting that Republicans had expressed concern about his moderating a candidate forum, since he has not closed off the possibility for running as an independent, Trump said he would bow out of the Dec. 27 event.

"It is very important to me that the right Republican candidate be chosen to defeat the failed and very destructive Obama Administration, but if that Republican, in my opinion, is not the right candidate, I am not willing to give up my right to run as an Independent candidate," Trump said in a statement. "Therefore, so that there is no conflict of interest within the Republican Party, I have decided not to be the moderator of the NewsMax debate." The only two candidates who had agreed to participate in a Trump-moderated debate were Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum.

For more information... http://www.politico.com

So now it's the NewsMax debate. Got it.

And Trump will never run.

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Not News: Sarah Palin Says She Won't Run For President

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Surprise surprise, Former Half-Gov B.S. McMarathon, who pulled a Christie who pulled a Palin, is not running:

So will she get an hour of air time to preen the way Chris Christie did?

Her letter is over at TPM Livewire. I wonder who ghost wrote it for her:

As always, my family comes first and obviously Todd and I put great consideration into family life before making this decision.

That's funny, her family never came first before.

I believe that at this time I can be more effective in a decisive role to help elect other true public servants to office – from the nation’s governors to Congressional seats and the Presidency.

As expected, Palin's inflated sense of self is creating a blockade of blissful oblivion in her delusional brainlet as she offers to give her unique brand of bad advice, from one abysmal former batty candidate to the current crop of conservative loons. The more the scarier, I always say.

UPDATE added with a belly laugh and a h/t to @LavaQue1:

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