John Boehner, the Speaker of the House from Ohio, resigned his speakership because he has lost control of the House. His resignation is easily explained by geography. The GOP House is dominated by representatives from "Red States". Conservative Republicans win almost all of the elections in Red States. There are almost no Democratic members of the House from Red States. Moreover, Republicans in the North East, Midwest, Mid-Atlantic and West Coast face stiff competition from Democrats. Many Republicans in these areas have drifted away from the Republican Party as its politics increasingly reflect the cultural and social values of the Red States. Representatives from Red States are willing to shut down the government in order to end funding for Planned Parenthood and other organizations which are inconsistent with the cultural and social values in their geographies. The House of Representatives has become a symbol of a nation divided by geography.