Thursday, April 28, 2016

Speaker John Boehner Speaking The Truth...

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John Boehner, in a moment of brutal truth telling defined quite simply the reality of the current republican party and what it has devolved into. The party of Lincoln and TR no longer represents the values it once did. Hell, it no longer represents the values of Reagan.
VOX - Speaking at Stanford University, former House Speaker John Boehner went the full Bulworth.

"You can call me boner, beaner, jackass, happy to answer to almost anything," he said. Mostly, though, the name-calling was directed outward.

Boehner called Ted Cruz "Lucifer in the flesh," and said, "I have never worked with a more miserable son of a bitch in my life." He admitted he would vote for Donald Trump, if it came to it, but not for Cruz.

He repeatedly called the House Freedom Caucus — the loose group of anti-establishment conservatives who are thought to have forced him out of the speakership — "knuckleheads" and "goofballs."

"I love all these knuckleheads talking about the party of Reagan," Boehner continued. "He would be the most moderate Republican elected today."

It's easy to laugh this off. After all, didn't everyone kind of believe this is what Boehner would say after a couple of glasses of Merlot?

But don't laugh it off. John Boehner was the Speaker of the House as recently as a single year ago. He is, himself, a conservative Republican. And he is saying, flatly, that the Republican Party has been captured by morons, goofballs, and "Lucifer." He is saying that the party has moved so far to the right that Ronald Reagan wouldn't recognize it.

Boehner is validating one of the most persistent and controversial critiques of the modern Republican Party. And he has the authority to do so.

Has the Republican Party become "an insurgent outlier"?
In 2012, the congressional scholars Thomas Mann and Norm Ornstein wrote a column for the Washington Post diagnosing what they saw to be the central problem in modern American politics.

"The GOP has become an insurgent outlier in American politics," they wrote. "It is ideologically extreme; scornful of compromise; unmoved by conventional understanding of facts, evidence and science; and dismissive of the legitimacy of its political opposition.
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Unfortunate as it may be there seems no end in sight to the lunacy of the present day republican party. Unless maybe, and this would be a positive development, the party self destructs following the 2016 election and reinvents and rebuilds itself from the ground up.

Via: Memeorandum


  1. RN: ...the party... reinvents and rebuilds itself from the ground up.

    My prediction is that this will not happen. Republicans will concede the presidency for many cycles to come and be content with controlling a majority of state legislatures and governorships and well as the House & Senate (even if the Senate flips). If they start losing state legislatures and governorships, THAT would qualify as "self destruction" and THEN they might "rebuild from the ground up". But not before.

    Also, given that they control a majority of the state legislatures and governorships, their last gasp strategy for winning the presidency will be more/continued voter suppression.

  2. IMO, Boehner calling Cruz Lucifer is an insult to Lucifer. While I'm opining, the fact that Trump and Cruz are the two leading contenders is
    an insult to the Republican Party.

  3. LOL! I think I agree with you BB Idaho.

    A lot of republicans have obviously decided they enjoy the the Trump and Cruz demagoguery and in the case of Trump his bullying and overt coarseness.

  4. The current Republican Party's romance with Trump may be amusing in some ways, but we do need a two-party or even a more-than-two-party system. Trump will be the cause of the GOP burning to the ground, but perhaps it will be like a phoenix and rise from the ashes?

  5. The self destruction has been underway for several years and will continue for several years to come.
    Boner was a part of the unmaking so has little room to talk but can't argue with his statement.
    It is a shame that the contenders from both parties are so disliked by by the majority of the American people even in their respective parties.

  6. Perhaps Shaw, only time will tell. But given what we see of late this skeptic/cunic is not very hopeful.

    And yes, we do need at least tw, preferably three, viable and vibrant party thyat actually isn serious about serious stuff.

  7. Yup skudrunner, the unmaking began over thirty years ago and it has continued unabated in the GOP. And, it is likely to continue for several years more, if not decades, before the party self destructs.

    Be there when it does skudrunner.

  8. Dervish, when the GOP goes back into the woods for another 40 years, like it was before Gingrich, their ability to render services at the local level will decline, and the party will regionalize in the South, and some other parts of the country. We saw a similar situation with the Democrats after WWII. The party eventually split, with a regional faction in the South, and some other parts of the country, that are now mostly all Republican. It is the demographic that is the problem. Eventually, I see the GOP splitting, but it will be a while coming, and at that point I suppose we'll see the rise of the third, rightist, party, unless the attitudes of that demographic happen to change.


  9. Most illuminating to me in this whole kerfuffle was Ted Cruz' response.

    He said in his career he had never had more than 50 words with the Speaker. How is it possible a sitting Senator has no relation with the highest ranking leader of his party?

    That speaks volumes as to why Washington is so full of dysfunction. These folks do not communicate and probably due to their overgrown egos, can't stand each other either.

    You could never manage a company with a team like this, let alone a country.

  10. Battle of the soundbites; I go to Aljizeera or the BBC for real news.


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