Saying that John Boehner was a failure as Speaker of the House isn’t a controversial statement. Saying that he isn’t a conservative also isn’t controversial. What’s stunning, though, is the vitriol and nastiness Speaker Boehner unleashed towards Ted Cruz. Specifically, Boehner said “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” in reference to Sen. Cruz. Not wishing to let his unhinged moment fade, Boehner continued, calling Sen. Cruz “Lucifer in the flesh.”
Mike Lee, one of the most serious but mild-mannered U.S. senators passionately defended Sen. Cruz, saying “I am appalled that John Boehner would do this…I held my tongue for years on John Boehner, even when I disagreed with him. Because I respected him as a person, and I respected his office enough to not call him out on this personally. I expressed disagreement with his policy, but I never ridiculed him personally. The fact that he has done this is appalling, and he should be ashamed of himself, and I demand that he apologize.”
Sen. Lee wasn’t finished. Later, he said this:
In a sense, Mark, I am grateful to John Boehner because John Boehner has exposed the truth here in a way that is far clearer he’s done this far better than I ever could- he’s done that by saying ‘yeah yeah Donald Trump, he’s great I text with him , I golf with him.’ Yeah Hillary Clinton, she’s great. Bernie Sanders, he’s great. But Ted Cruz, he’s the devil. Why? Why Mark? The ‘why’ is exactly what we need to focus on. The ‘why’ here shows us why we have to elect Ted Cruz as out next president. The ‘why’ is because Ted Cruz believes in the Constitution, they don’t wanna be stuck with that because that makes it harder for them to do what they wanna do, which is to build and concentrate more power in Washington D.C. at the expense of everyone else.
Speaker Boehner is part of the problem. So is Donald Trump. They’re both DC insiders. Trump won’t admit it directly but his policies indicate that he’s a big government progressive.
The next thing to consider is whether this will impact the race in Indiana. Honestly, this race comes down to whether conservatives are giving up or whether they’re principled. If they give up, Donald Trump is the nominee.
That would be a disaster for the GOP and for the nation. Solutions-oriented conservatives like Scott Walker, Bobby Jindal, Tim Scott and Mike Lee are part of the solution, and salvation, of the Republican Party. They’re the future of the GOP, too.
Turning the GOP over to Donald Trump, John Boehner and Mitch McConnell is taking the GOP back to being a purely opposition party. That’s a failure of leadership. America needs principled leadership, not more of the same policies that’ve dug the nation into a $19,000,000,000,000 hole.