There were those who thought this might happen involuntarily. But instead, on the very brink of an epochal intra-GOP battle over the best strategy and tactics for pitching hissy fits over the Iran Nuke Deal and Planned Parenthood, Speaker John Boehner told his conference he’d be handing over his gavel and actually resigning his House seat by the end of October.

The New York Times‘ Jennifer Steihauer had the scoop, though that’s about it; it’s unclear whether this was part of some deal to bring temporary peace to House Republicans, or au contraire an act of petulant abdication that throws congressional GOPers into chaos at the worst possible time. I’m sure the rumors will soon come pouring out of the Capitol like smoke from Boehner’s first post-conference cigarette. We’ll keep you posted.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.