The fact is, part of the job of president is working and playing well with others be they conservative Democrats, country club Republicans, Tea Party wing nuts, progressives or global leaders like Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping.
Colorado Congressman Ken Buck likes to sound like a Tea Party extremist on talk radio and then go back to Washington and compromise. And talk radio hosts don't seem to care. But in Washington, Buck compromises.
Boehner has already nominated himself as the Republican Party's sacrificial lamb. But on his way out, he could also be a very effective scapegoat, thus sparing both his party and the country at large a whole lot of needless drama and economic instability.
The Tea Party wing of the House Republican party is seeking changes in the rules and procedures. Changes designed to strip the Speaker of the ability to assemble a majority within the House and enable that majority to govern. They cloak their demands in the language of bottom-up democracy. But their complaints about John Boehner's leadership give away the game.
The Benghazi hearings damage a political career. (Hint: It's not Hillary Clinton's.)
This fight for speaker may only last for a few weeks, but the battle for the party will last for much longer. This will drag into the presidential elections in 2016. The earthquake that is breaking the party apart is massive and an open GOP civil war is here now.
Kevin McCarthy's decision to pull out of the House Speaker race is a genuine political surprise only if you have ignored the steady move of the Republican Caucus from hard right-wing ideology to wrecker.
Democrats do not seem up to the task of taking on this new breed of crazy. With the freak show called the GOP primary season in full swing, the time has come to offer up a political counterbalance to dangerous right wing extremism -- beyond what traditional Democrats can muster.
The Obama years have stirred up many conflicting ideas about race and racism in America. It will take time and careful analysis to fully understand and unpack all of these issues. We can begin by debunking five popular myths about race and the Obama presidency.
For all of his talk about mending internal wounds, the Speaker of the House is likely to leave his colleagues on the verge of bloodshed.
Glenn Beck may not be a card carrying member of the Klan, but he rarely hesitates to pander to the racial antipathies of his viewing public!
There's a stunning unreality to the right-wing attack on John Boehner as insufficiently conservative.
John Boehner resigned as Speaker of the House and over the weekend a blood moon rode the night sky. In ancient times this was considered an unlucky omen, even a prediction of the end of days. Now it is known as a total lunar eclipse.
With a federal budget deadline looming, we are still facing the threat of another destructive government shutdown. Why should we ever allow a fraction of a faction in the body politic to threaten the whole and hold all of us hostage? Let's end this dangerous and self-destructive political ritual.
The small band of Tea Party radicals wields its power because most other Republican members of Congress are cowed by the primary threats if they do not adhere strictly to Tea Party dictates. Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) has had his life as speaker made miserable by this dynamic.