John Boehner was headed for an explosive confrontation with the GOP's conservative base and by resigning is "gettin' out while the gettin's good," veteran Republican political consultant Roger Stone tells Newsmax TV.
Appearing Friday on "The Hard Line" with Ed Berliner, Stone said the House Speaker, enraged conservatives by "ignoring the grassroots of the Republican Party."
"[He was] inside the beltway establishmentarian, never interested in really confronting the Obama administration, more interested in splitting the difference. It's the same problem we have in the Senate," Stone told Berliner.
"Therefore, the congressional leadership and the grassroots are totally out of sync. Boehner is above all a vote counter and he even thought this vote was going to be closer that he might even lose. Therefore he was gettin' while the gettin's good."
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But Stone — co-author of "The Clintons' War on Women,"
written with Robert Morrow and being published by Skyhorse on Oct. 13th — also said Boehner, of Ohio, had a great reign as House Speaker.
"There have already been several runs at him that failed. This was only a matter of time…. He did see what was coming and that's exactly why he decided to get out of town," Stone said.
"Clearly they were heading to a showdown. Perhaps he would've survived by a handful of votes, perhaps he would've lost by a handful of votes. Either way, he's the speaker of the House and that's a major embarrassment."
Stone, who recently stepped down as Donald Trump's political consultant, said regardless of Boehner's resignation, the goal for the Republican Party remains the same.
"We must find a way to keep the regular establishment Republicans and the conservative tea party wing together or we have no chance of victory," he said.
"It may not be [possible] but that is the hat trick that you have to try."
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