Half-way through the week, and the Republican-side of the 2016 race for the White House continues as second-place (in delegate count) presidential candidate Ted Cruz chose his Vice Presidential candidate, Donald Trump slammed Cruz as being “mathematically eliminated,” former House Speaker John Boehner went public with his belief that Cruz is “Lucifer in the flesh” and also a “miserable son of a bitch,” which seemed to prompt current Speaker Paul Ryan to state “I have a much better relationship with Senator Cruz” than Boehner, according to media reports.
Ted picks Carly, but why?
Senator Cruz is not well-liked among many Republicans, but Carly Fiorina sure seems to be. Last Fall, while she was still actively running for the nomination herself, Ben Brody at Bloomberg said Fiorina was “… looking like the insider’s outsider candidate.” To this he added that “[o]n the surface, it’s clear why the national political mood has swept her, Donald Trump, and Ben Carson to the top of Republican presidential polls. A former California technology executive, she has never held elected office, a profile that a plurality of Americans say they prefer to a candidate with gubernatorial or U.S. Senate experience.”
Most recently, Representative Peter King of New York was quoted by Nolan D. McCaskill over at Politico, “I hate Ted Cruz, and I think I’ll take cyanide if he ever got the nomination.” And given the fact that former Speaker of the House John Boehner called Ted Cruz “Lucifer in the flesh,” Cruz is stating (see CNN video at this link) “John Boener … allowed his inner Trump to come out.”
Cruz then highlighted the “bro-mance” of Boehner-Trump, adding that ex-Speaker Boehner described Trump as his own “texting and golfing buddy.” The candidate added that there is something that is important to know and did not come out when Boehner was serving as the House Speaker. During the government shutdown, said Cruz, he reached out to Speaker Boehner to work out their differences. Cruz now quotes Boehner as saying he had “no interest” in speaking with Senator Cruz on the matter.
Which is likely a reason why current House Speaker Paul Ryan has come out to say he enjoys a better relationship with Senator Cruz. Per the Nick Gass Politico story, “[w]hen asked about Boehner’s remarks Thursday, his successor Paul Ryan … [told reporters] ‘I have a much better relationship with Senator Cruz.'”
Donald slams Ted
Donald Trump has previously slammed Fiorina when she was running against him, as noted in other media accounts of the race, but she is a strong candidate in her own right, likely why Trump slammed her early on in the debates.
Fiorina is focused on the nation’s troubles, as seen in this Examiner story, even though she defends Trump voters as well. “Here’s a shocking statistic,” said Fiorina in her speech, “80 percent of Americans believe the government is corrupt and that the media and political establishment is focused squarely on the preservation of its own power and position. That 80 percent means Democrats, Independents, Republicans and I all agree on something — this isn’t working for us anymore. I’d say the American people are pretty smart. I’ve met lots of people who have quit voting, quit following politics — not because they do not care, but because they think they do not count. Too many Americans have come to believe that nothing they can do will make any difference at all.”
Boehner calls Cruz ‘Lucifer’
And Cruz is no dummy. Choosing a female VP now, and making that choice Carly Fiorina, means he comes gunning straight for Trump. And Cruz is aiming for his rival’s weak spot: strong women. “Listen,” Cruz is quoted in a FreeBeacon article by David Rutz, ” … it makes [Trump] feel really tough. It makes him feel like a very, very big man to threaten people, and in particular, he seems to have a problem with strong women. I don’t know why that is, but it seems to really bother him.”
As for the attached video, from Veuer’s Carly Figueroa, it highlights the former-Speaker John Boehner’s sentiments on candidate Ted Cruz. According to the Stanford Daily, when asked his opinions on Cruz— Boehner called the Texas senator ‘Lucifer in the flesh’ and ‘a miserable son of a bitch.'” Current Speaker Ryan, who served in 2012 as Mitt Romney’s VP pick and running mate, has some advice for everyone, and CBS reports that Ryan is warning all the candidates. “I learned in 2012 running with Mitt Romney if you wait until after the convention to all of a sudden get your act together and then produce an agenda in say August or September, it’s too late.”