Washington (CNN)Former House Speaker John Boehner called Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz “Lucifer in the flesh,” in a withering interview at Stanford University published Thursday.

In it, he repeated many of the same attacks he used last month while calling on his successor, Paul Ryan, to seek the Republican nomination.
“Lucifer in the flesh,” Boehner told Stanford’s David Kennedy, a history professor emeritus, according to the Stanford Daily. “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.”
Boehner also said he was “texting buddies” with GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump and friends with former House colleague and fellow Ohioan, John Kasich.
Cruz was a thorn in Boehner’s side when Boehner was Speaker of the House. Between Cruz and  Tea Party Republicans, Boehner threw in the towel.  He is rumored to have called them all jackasses and probably a lot of other things.
How many mainstream Republicans feel like John Boehner does?  What exactly is a mainstream Republican?
I am of the mindset that those who feel betrayed really don’t understand the meaning of compromise.  No one party usually gets it own way on everything.

7 Thoughts to “Lucifer in the flesh”

  1. Steve Thomas

    I’ve never had much use for former electeds, who were pushed out, throwing rocks from the front porch of the retirement home. It’s bitter and petty. Most are so long-in-the tooth, that we have forgotten or forgiven any underhanded things they themselves may have done, when they were up-and-coming politicos.

    Closer to home, it’s former Lt. Governor Bill Bolling. I was a solid Bolling supporter during his successful 1st and 2nd runs for AG. I went to the conventions and cast my votes to nominate him twice. I was disappointed when he backed down from Cuccinelli, when faced with a convention fight for the GOP nom for Governor, but what really ticked me off was his efforts to “salt the fields and poison the wells” during the subsequent election season. I hear he’s trying to stage a comeback, to “take our party back”. No thanks Bill. I’m a loyal Republican. I’ll be supporting loyal Republicans, and I don’t include you in that bunch.

    Boehner invoking the name of the “Dark Prince of this World”….bit over the top. But what Boehner can’t seem to wrap his head around is Cruz is unlikely at this point to gain the nomination, even without his comments. Trump will…and it wasn’t the “Establishment”, and it wasn’t the “TEA Party” that voted for Trump. It’s not the Zero-Sum that Boehner worked in. This is a new dynamic (One I don’t fully understand, yet) Perhaps its best he’s been sent to the pasture.

  2. Lyssa

    I always liked Boehner, still do. Conversely, I enjoy retired politicians who speak frankly – no one owns them at this point.

  3. Wolve

    “Lucifer in the flesh” What a ridiculous comment by Boehner. But not unexpected from an Establishment GOP has-been.

    1. I thought it was one of his better comments, but then I am not an anti-establishment person. I am more unconventional.

      So does that basically just mean that you are just a hippie at heart, Wolve?

  4. Wolve

    JB was just another liar/deceiver in a long contemporary line of government liars and deceivers.

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