House Speaker John Boehner's surprise resignation on Friday has Republicans scrambling to figure out what next steps to take. While Boehner's announcement cited turmoil among his members and inspiration from the Pope's visit as the reasons behind his decision to call it quits, other Capitol Hill players had blunter theories. John McCain and Peter King both suggested that he was pushed out by the more conservative members—or as King prefers to call them, "the crazies"—who have increasingly made no bones about their dissatisfaction with Boehner.
Back in 2011, Reason TV took a look at the early forces that coalesced to fight the Speaker, the growing influence of which may have led to his downfall this week. Watch The Tea Party vs. John Boehner below.