Tell Us How You Really Feel, John (Cruz Edition)

John Boehner, a decades-long Republican United States House of Representatives member and former Speaker of the House, recently gave a talk at Stanford.  He had some interesting comments on the presidential candidates.

He said that he found Hillary Clinton to be very accomplished and smart.  He called Bernie Sanders a nice guy and the most honest politician running for president.

Boehner said that he had played golf with Donald Trump for years and that they were texting buddies.  He also said that John Kasich “requires more effort on behalf than all my other friends … but he’s still my friend, and I love him.”

Those comments aren’t particularly surprising.  A long-time politician having generally favorable things to say about other politicians isn’t exactly newsworthy, which is what makes what he said about Ted Cruz so incredible.

Boehner called Ted Cruz “Lucifer in the flesh” and said that he had “never worked with a more miserable son of a bitch in my life.”  Boehner made a career of serving the Republican Party.  The front-runner to be the Republican nominee for president is barely even a Republican.  Cruz is in second place, and he is a longtime Republican and sitting Republican senator.  And the just-retired Republican Speaker of the House said that about Ted Cruz.

Boehner began serving in the House of Representatives in 1991 and retired last year.  That means he worked with, among others, Strom Thurmond (the white segregationist who fathered a child with a Black teenager who worked for his father and refused to verbally acknowledge his child for years), Newt Gingrich (the who cheated on two of his wives, once while one wife was being treated for cancer and and once while leading impeachment proceedings against President Clinton stemming from his infidelity), Dennis Hastert (a serial child molester who while in the House spoke of the need “to put repeat child molesters into jail for the rest of their lives”), Bob Packwood (who resigned after nineteen women accused him of sexual harassment), and Scott DesJarlais (the pro-life doctor whose ex-wife had two abortions and who cheated on his wife with coworkers and patients, including one whom he pressured to get an abortion when she became pregnant).

So Boehner thinks that Ted Cruz is worse than a hypocritical racist absentee father, a hypocritical unfaithful husband who abandoned a wife while she was undergoing cancer treatment, a hypocritical serial child molester, a repeat sexual harasser, and a hypocritical unfaithful and unethical doctor.

It sheds some light on why the #NeverTrump movement is doing so poory.  It’s not easy to persuade people to pick a different option when main alternative is so shitty.  Also, what else do all of the men listed above have in common besides having served in the House of Representatives during Boehner’s tenure?  They’re all Republicans.  #PartyOfFamilyValues


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