House Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) (2nd L) and Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) (3rd L) share a moment as Rep. Pta Meehan (R-PA) (L) looks on during a media briefing after a House Republican Conference meeting September 29, 2015 at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC. House Republicans met to discuss GOP agenda including the government funding bill. Alex Wong AFP/Getty

Q: Will John Boehner’s resignation as speaker soothe tensions within the House Republican conference?


Yes: 9%
No: 91%


“But only for a few months. The fundamental fission is not fixed.”

“But the era of good feelings will be brief.”


“Teams don’t win more games when you change managers but keep the same players.”

“It’s a Band-Aid on a sucking chest wound.”

“The same extremists who forced out Boehner are still there. And Kevin McCarthy’s ill-considered comments on the Benghazi Committee demonstrate that he is not ready for prime time. He will have a steep learning curve as speaker.”

“Tensions will worsen, as expectations for McCarthy will be high and he has been dealt the same hand. How could they improve?”

“This was never about personalities—it’s a battle of alternate realities.”

“So the theory is that once there is blood in the water, the sharks are satisfied?”

Q: Will John Boehner’s resignation as speaker soothe tensions within the House Republican conference?


Yes: 37%
No: 63%


“Boehner had stopped talking with a substantial portion of his caucus. McCarthy will start with a more inclusionary approach.”

“Yes, at least temporarily. Generational tensions have been an unspoken factor against Boehner. Now we’ll have a 50-year-old speaker (younger than Gingrich in 1995).”

“In the conference. Not in the party.”

“A scalp is a scalp, no matter how you get it. Even if it’s handed to you.”

“McCarthy will be nicer to conservatives—although he is not one.”


“Some people realized that the tension generates more clicks on the ‘Donate Now’ button.”

“The different visions of government’s role and the value of political confrontation go too deep.”

“Same bomb throwers will torture McCarthy.”

“Somewhat, but the pinhead resurrection is not over yet.”

“This isn’t about John. He’s the voodoo doll for the spirits they are fighting inside.”

“Caucus of the Sane vs. much smaller Caucus of the Insane will continue to coexist unnaturally until the former gets a spine!”

“It will embolden the Freedom Caucus to be even more disruptive. And Kevin McCarthy is far too weak to handle them.”

“One-month honeymoon and then resumption of rancor.”

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