Turn out the lights. John Boehner’s party as Speaker is over

Talk to any Republican, conservative or moderate, and they will say privately that John Boehner‘s future as Speaker of the House ended Tuesday night when the House failed to even vote on a flawed GOP bill to reopen the government and avert a default on America’s debt. “He’s dead.  His effectiveness is gone,” says one Congressmen I knew during my days on Capitol Hill. Saying Boehner’s effectiveness is gone may be wrong because it is based on an assumption that the hard-drinking, hard partying and seldom hard-working Ohio congressman was ever effective in his job as leader of the House
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Third party candidates: Obama’s best friends?

Gary Johnson of the Libertarian Party and Virgil Goode of the Constitution Party are on quixotic runs for the presidency. While they are long shots, they conceivably stand a chance at influencing the election. Until recently both were Republican officeholders — Johnson as a two-term governor of New Mexico and Goode as a congressman from Virginia. With their ability to draw at least a sliver of the electorate, President Barack Obama’s political team sees them as potentially unwilling allies who could steal votes from rival Mitt Romney and help the president to victory in a few tightly contested states. Goode
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