Definition of defacto: in fact, or in effect, whether by right or not.
Words are one thing, but when push comes to shove Boehner has done what Obama has wanted over and over, not what Republican voters have wanted. So this resignation by Boehner is a blow to Obama.
Is Senator McConnell next?
Tea Party activists across the country celebrate John Boehner resignation:
“Back on March 1, 2011 I was the first Tea Party leader to call for Boehner to step down. Boehner’s departure from the Speakership is good for the GOP and for conservatives because as Speaker he had no agenda. We need a Speaker who will move forward with a conservative agenda and who is not afraid to fight Barack Obama,” Tea Party Nation founder Judson Phillips tells Breitbart News.
“This is a WIN for the Tea Party movement. We need to point that out,” long time Virginia Tea Party activist Mark Kevin Lloyd tells Breitbart News.
“John Boehner’s decision to resign the Speakership reflects his own recognition that he was out of step with the base of the Republican Party, and is a victory for the millions of grassroots conservatives who worked tirelessly to elect conservatives to control the Congress,” Tea Party Patriots CEO and co-founder Jenny Beth Martin said in a statement.
“Tea Party Patriots – which is far more closely in touch with the American people than the GOP leadership in their ‘Fortress Capitol Hill’ – has been working since 2012 to elect a congressional leadership that reflects America’s values: personal freedom, economic freedom, and a debt-free future,” Martin added. More: http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/09/25/tea-party-activists-celebrate-boehner-resignation-want-conservative-successor/
From Democrats: (NYT)
WASHINGTON — Speaker John A. Boehner, an Ohio barkeeper’s son who rode a conservative wave to one of the highest positions in government, said Friday he would relinquish his gavel and resign from Congress, undone by the very Republicans who swept him into power.
Mr. Boehner, 65, made the stunning announcement in an emotional meeting with his fellow Republicans on Friday morning as lawmakers struggled to avert a government shutdown next week, a possibility made less likely by his decision.
Mr. Boehner told almost no one of his decision before making it Friday morning. “So before I went to sleep last night, I told my wife, I said, ‘You know, I might just make an announcement tomorrow,’” Mr. Boehner said a news conference in the Capitol. “This morning I woke up, said my prayers, as I always do, and thought, ‘This is the day I am going to do this.’”
His downfall again highlighted the sinewy power of a Republican Party faction whose anthem is often to oppose government action. It also made vivid the increasingly precarious nature of a job in which the will and proclivities of politically divisive body must be managed. No House speaker since Thomas P. O’Neill Jr., who held the gavel from 1977 to 1986, has left the job willingly. More: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/26/us/john-boehner-to-resign-from-congress.html