Boehner Gives Nuanced, Thoughtful Critique Of Ted Cruz: “Lucifer In The Flesh” | Gradient

Boehner gives nuanced, thoughtful critique of Ted Cruz: “Lucifer in the flesh”


It’s a legitimate question as to whether anyone could possibly be enjoying the current election more than John Boehner. The former Speaker of the House was deeply hated by some factions of extreme conservatism to the point that he was replaced by Paul Ryan. In retrospect, that looks a little like being asked to leave the Titanic the day before it sank. Since then, Boehner has given an impressively few number of damns, clearly having the time of his life watching the GOP’s electoral crisis from afar.

And is he above giving commentary on that electoral crisis? I’m so glad you asked since Boehner’s most recent speaking gig included some delicious bon mots that could only spring from a well of purest schadenfreude. Let’s start with how he introduced himself at this Stanford University speaking gig, which ranks high on the list of greatest introductions of 2016: “You can call me boner, beaner, jackass, happy to answer to almost anything.”

In most speeches, this would be the easy highlight. Here, it’s just the warmup. When asked for his thoughts on Ted Cruz, Boehner issued the following nuanced, thoughtful poetry:

“Lucifer in the flesh. I have Democrat friends and Republican friends. I get along with almost everyone, but I have never worked with a more miserable son of a bitch in my life.”

We should all be so lucky as to one day be invited to give our thoughts on former colleagues who have made our lives a living hell.

Interested in Boehner’s thoughts on the other candidates? Well, he and Trump are “texting buddies,” and Trump would still get Boehner’s vote against Hillary Clinton in the general election. On Governor John Kasich, Boehner said that he “requires more effort on my behalf than all my other friends … but he’s still my friend, and I love him.” That’s an intriguing morsel. Nobody likes to be described as the friend who requires the “most effort”, but it’s definitely better than “Lucifer in the flesh” so take what you can get.

As for the Democrats, Boehner had good things to say about Senator Bernie Sanders (The Stanford Daily says Boehner referred to him as “a nice guy” and “the most honest person in the race.”) He less into Clinton, impersonating her saying “I’m a woman, vote for me!”, but also calling her “accomplished” and “smart.”

In any case, this election can’t be over soon enough for most of us. Boehner could see it go on for another year or so.

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