GOP Prez Hopefuls Cheer Boehner Exit

Gloating conservative GOP presidential contenders celebrated House Speaker John Boehner’s impending resignation with victory laps yesterday, hoping the establishment Republican’s downfall will be the “blood in the water” moment that will energize their campaigns.

Pundits hailed Boehner’s ouster under pressure as victories for anti-establishment conservatives, such as Cruz and real estate mogul Donald Trump, who have tapped the anger and disgust with both parties in Washington.

Citing a new Fox News Channel poll showing 66 percent of Republicans don’t believe their party’s leadership has done its best to block or reverse President Obama’s agenda, GOP operative Ford O’Connell said the news is a victory for Cruz, Trump, Carly Fiorina and Ben Carson.

“They’re all trying to spin it,” O’Connell said of the entire Republican field. “The outsiders are more likely to spin it to their benefit.”

Read more from Chris Cassidy at The Boston Herald

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