States’ rights Republicans are better served with one of their own in the leadership position. Having to fight day to day with a political animal like Boehner is counter productive to the cause of bringing back a strong constitutional federal republic form of government intended by our Founders. Jonathan Strong outlines Boehner’s fuzziness on the Hastert Rule, writing at National Review.
“He never intended to pass an immigration bill without a majority of the majority. That never made any sense whatsoever. But it was sensible to publicly keep our options open,” says a GOP leadership aide familiar with the Speaker’s thinking. “It’s impossible to tell how much of the vocal paranoia [from the right] on this issue was real, and how much of it was invented by outside groups looking to gin up their fundraising — but it was an unhelpful distraction from the serious work of fixing our broken immigration system and securing our borders.”
For their part, conservatives scoff at the notion that Boehner was with them all along, saying it was only their pressure that forced him to finally relent. For instance, Representative Steve Stockman of Texas, who is pushing an effort to formally codify the Hastert rule, says the principle strengthens Boehner in negotiations with President Obama and Majority Leader Harry Reid.