I'm going to start this one off with the money quote, at least as I see it. It is provided to us via the New York Times, so take it with the usual I smell Bull Spit grain of salt one usually thinks of when referring to a newspaper repeatedly caught lying over many decades now.
Here's The New York Times' Boehner Write Up.
“My first job as speaker is to protect the institution,” Mr. Boehner said.
My suspicion is that you've already seen my problem with this, but I'll plod along anyhow. Full and fair disclosure here. I was dead wrong about Mr. Boehner, and I freely admit it. I defended him, and when he became speaker, I told everyone, and even scolded a few people, to give him a chance to do the right thing. He did not. John Boehner spent his entire tenure as our House Speaker, surrendering on each key issue to come up. So complete was his unbridled capitulation, that Barack Obama and Harry Reid managed to move their growing list of demands too far to the left for the comfort of their own caucus. Daily, John Boehner was heralded as a great man, confidant, and negotiating partner by the man who's agenda those of us who made it possible for Boehner's Speakership wished stopped in the first place. "It's not John's fault," our President would lecture us, "it's just that he has those darned conservatives in his caucus that we Democrats don't have to contend with. Otherwise, we would have passed this continuing resolution complete with zero limitation upon spending and borrowing, without any sort of struggle or even debate, long ago."
Boehner's assertion that his primary duty is to protect the very institution that voters very clearly elected him to reform shows a dangerous cognitive dissonance that is all too evident within the GOP. We sent you there Speaker Dolt, with the sole intention that you'd decentralize power and return it back to the people preferably, and failing that the States. Your primary duty Mr. Boehner, was to represent your Hamilton County Constituents. Your secondary duty was to the constituents of any Congress Critter who voted for you to be their House Speaker. your last priority should have been to protect the very beast of an institution all who voted for you wish to see slayed. That you didn't recognize this is precisely the reason why your caucus forced you out.
Good riddance to bad rubbish. Mitch McConnell, I hope you've taken note. I hope you'll begin adjusting your behavior accordingly. Failing that, I hope that the same train John Boehner didn't see coming, runs you down as well. So far, this year has been wasted. We're down to 50 vetoes or bust.