The Pope visits America and Boehner steps down.

What Presidential Candidates Can Learn From Boehner’s Graceful Exit

What Presidential Candidates Can Learn From Boehner’s Graceful Exit

The crazed culture of politics.
Sept. 29 2015 3:47 PM

How to Bow Out Gracefully

A Boehner tutorial for the remaining 3 million candidates.

Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) announces that he is re
Speaker of the House John Boehner announces that he is retiring from the House and stepping down as speaker during a news conference at the U.S. Capitol, Sept. 25, 2015, in Washington, DC.

Photo illustration by Juliana Jiménez. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images.

Listen to Episode 19 of Podcast for America!

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Podcast for America is your inside look at the unwrenchable drip that is a presidential campaign cycle. Your hosts are Mark Leibovich, national correspondent for the New York Times Magazine, and Alex Wagner of MSNBC.

This week, in a media shocker, Speaker of the House John Boehner resigned from office. We ask Politico correspondent Jake Sherman—who spoke with Boehner the day before the big announcement—why the speaker decided that now was the time.  

Next, we look at Hillary Clinton’s poll numbers, which are waning again, and Bernie Sanders, who’s trailing her by only seven points.

Lastly, we focus on Jeb Bush, who’s slid down to fifth position among the Republican primary frontrunners. Is it time for him to mirror Boehner and, dare we say, step out?

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Mark Leibovich is the chief national correspondent for New York Times Magazine and the author of This Town.

Alex Wagner is the host of MSNBC’s Now With Alex Wagner.