The tea party wave that gave John Boehner his gavel four years ago has now cost him his job. With the Republican speaker’s sudden announcement he will step down, it’s now official that the party has lost control of its conservative base.
The visit of Pope Francis to Capitol Hill this week promises to be good theater. It also will lay bare some of the polarities of our political system. Francis gives both sides some things to like and other things to dislike.
In the first two GOP debates, candidates slugged it out over who hated Planned Parenthood the most. It’s part of a broader strategy to shut down all access to legal abortion in the U.S.
The Republican assault on Planned Parenthood is already harming women’s health. That it might lead to a government shutdown is nuts. Morally and economically, the GOP is on the wrong side.