Who would have imagined that Democrats would miss former Speaker of the House John Boehner? But now that universally disliked Texas senator Ted Cruz, aka ‘Lucifer’ and an orange-haired billionaire have clawed their way to the top of the Republican ticket, Boehner is a refreshing welcome.
‘You can call me boner, beaner, jackass, happy to answer to almost anything.’
When the students asked the former speaker his opinion of Cruz, Boehner’s face was priceless, making the crowd laugh. His words were raw. He will never vote for Cruz:
‘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.’
‘[Kasich] requires more effort on my behalf than all my other friends … but he’s still my friend, and I love him.’
Boehner was surprised that Trump has been so successful in his race for president, but he seems inclined to accept his friend in that role and would vote for him, if the real estate mogul makes it to the top of the Republican ticket. But he did not compliment Trump’s policies.
Boehner believes that Hillary Clinton will win the Democratic nomination, even though he thinks Bernie Sanders has put up an admirable fight. Sen. Boehner disagrees with Sanders on all the issues, but says he is a nice guy and the “most honest politician in the race.”
The former speaker has mixed feelings about Clinton. He has known her for a quarter of a century and says she is “very accomplished and smart.” His impersonation of the former Secretary of State pleased the crowd:
‘Oh I’m a woman, vote for me.’
Boehner still believes that as the time nears the Democratic National Convention, Clinton’s emails could explode into a scandal:
‘Don’t be shocked … if two weeks before the convention, here comes Joe Biden parachuting in and Barack Obama fanning the flames to make it all happen.’
Former speaker Boehner reflected about Republicans and Democrats:
‘The thing that’s different about Republicans and Democrats is that [Democrats] do their fights behind closed doors. Republicans are way too independent for that.’
When student Brandon Camhi asked Boehner about how to stop socially progressive conservatives from becoming disillusioned with the party, he said:
‘If I were running for president I’d be running on things that unite Republicans. These other issues are just going to keep coming up, and the Democrats know where our soft spots are.’
Camhi was surprised that Boehner spoke so candidly, calling the Freedom Caucus [most conservative Republicans] “knuckleheads” and “goofballs.”
Another student Alex Lee liked hearing a Republican opinion on the primarily liberal campus:
‘I could [feel] the tension in the room when Boehner said certain things, namely claiming that Clinton was leveraging her gender or discussing South Carolina bathrooms.]’
At the end, Boehner came back to his own moderate stance:
‘Well you know I’m a big fan of Ronald Reagan. But I love all these knuckleheads talking about the party of Reagan. He would be the most moderate Republican elected today.’
‘I think my proudest accomplishment is walking out of there the same jackass I was 25 years before.’
Sounds as if Boehner is perfectly happy to leave ‘Lucifer In The Flesh’ back at the senate.
H/T: Standford Daily.