Fiscal Cliff (2013)

Thunder from the right: Conservatives help push Boehner out

WASHINGTON The resignation of embattled House Speaker John Boehner signals a small but meaningful victory in the crusade by conservatives to dramatically change how the federal government is run and funded, a battle that resumes right away and will continue throughout the presidential campaign and beyond.

Boehner is likely to be replaced as speaker by Californian Kevin McCarthy, a mainstream dealmaker akin to Boehner. But conservatives are likely to move up the ladder of congressional leadership behind him. And having helped force Boehner out, they are likely to be emboldened to increasingly challenge the status quo.

The Republican schism will resurface quickly...