Upon the startling news that Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) is resigning October 30 (aka, fleeing from the Tea Party caucus), Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) accused the Speaker of leaving office “presumably land in a cushy K Street job after joining with the D’s to implement all of President O’s priorities”.
Per Reid Epstein:
Cruz says Boehner will “presumably land in a cushy K Street job after joining with the D’s to implement all of President O’s priorities.”
— Reid J. Epstein (@reidepstein) September 25, 2015
So, Cruz is either saying Boehner already implemented all of President Obama’s priorities, which isn’t true by a very long shot. Or he’s saying that Boehner is leaving office in order to help Obama on his way out — as in, by not shutting down the government over defunding Planned Parenthood. Or, he will help him after he leaves, at this cushy K street job. Cruz is never good on facts or logic, but the gist is Boehner is leaving office to help or after he helped President Obama implement his priorities. Ted Cruz is accusing John Boehner of being a Democrat because Boehner isn’t crazy enough to defund the government over fake Planned Parenthood videos.
That says a lot about Ted Cruz and not much about John Boehner, except that as I have been writing for years, John Boehner has had to put up with a lot of crap from the Republican Tea Party caucus. Boehner has been inept but it’s hard to see how he could have done anything else, because to stand up to the Tea Party is to meet the fate of Cantor. And that’s essentially where Boehner is now, kicked out of his own party even if he did “quit” before they could oust him from his leadership position. Cruz has had a banner day. He also bragged about his plans to get rid of the Department of Education:
And just yesterday our resident circus barker was quoted calling President Obama the terminator:
“The reason why Republicans always lose these fights is because Republicans assume Barack Obama is the Terminator—he will never stop, he will never give up—and Republicans surrender at the outset,” Cruz told the Daily Signal.
No, the reason why Republicans “never fight” is – well, wait, they fight all of the time. The reason they don’t fight Ted Cruz’ fights is because “they”, as in the non-Tea drenched, know it will go nowhere for their party.
Ted Cruz sure is a uniter, eh? He accuses his own party leaders of working for the other side.
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