How John Boehner can ditch the Tea Party, keep his job, and make history

It sounds better than being known as one of the worst speakers ever, right?

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Speaker John Boehner appears to have had it with the far-right faction of about 45 congressmen who have repeatedly undercut his leadership. Asked by a reporter last week if he had a plan to avert the looming budget crisis, Boehner let his frustration show, replying, "Why don't you give me one so they can shoot it down too?" A few days earlier, reports surfaced that Boehner may just quit after next year's midterm elections.

Then again, this week, Boehner has given in to the far right's ludicrous demands, by backing a plan that would keep the government open only if ObamaCare is repealed. He also proposed a debt limit increase stuffed with every poison pill imaginable. If Boehner remains beholden to his extremists, the resulting stalemate with the Senate would cause both a government shutdown and an economically devastating debt default.

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