At the beginning of 2015, I was talking with a congressman who was expressing his frustration with the leadership in Washington. “If we don’t do something about anything,” he said, “we’re going to be in big trouble.” With the announcement that House Speaker John Boehner will resign his seat at the end of October, we’re seeing those chickens come home to roost.
And yet, Boehner’s resignation has not come out of the blue. There’s been a long process gradually leading up to this moment. It started last year with Rep. Dave Brat’s historic defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. The establishment was stunned. They couldn’t believe that the number two man in the House could so suddenly be ousted by an economics professor who spent less on his entire campaign than Eric Cantor spent on steak. It was a defining moment when grassroots America rose up to deliver the unequivocal message that no more would they allow their interests to be made subordinate to those of the special interests of the lobbyist class.