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Boehner's departure doesn't help

Boehner's departure doesn't help


That's just what the conservative movement needs right now. Less adult supervision.

But with the fall last week of House Speaker John Boehner -- more accurately, with his decision to resign because life is too short for Ted Cruz -- that is precisely what conservatives now have. It is a development with sobering implications far beyond the political right.

Not that you'd have known this from the bacchanal of celebration the news set off among conservatives. Republican Sen. Marco Rubio was swamped by a roar of approbation when he announced the resignation at the Values Voter Summit in Washington. Sen. Cruz, who has long been Mr. Boehner's chief tormentor, seemed...