Cruz, Boehner, and the Narrative

Last week, John Boehner said Ted Cruz was “Lucifer in the flesh” and I have “never worked with a more miserable son of a bitch.”

Cruz’s response was:

“I’ve never worked with John Boehner. The truth of the matter is—I don’t know the man. I’ve met John Boehner two or three times in my life. If I have said 50 words in my life to John Boehner I’d be surprised, and every one of them has consisted of pleasantries.”
Cruz I Don’t Know the Man

Picking up on Cruz’s explanation, some poor guy named Doug Ross, writes this whole piece painting Boehner as the antichrist and Cruz as this innocent patriot. His thesis is that Trump is the ultimate insider (corollary: Cruz is not) Get a load of this:

…As it happens, Cruz and Boehner barely know each other. They overlapped in Washington for a little over one congressional term, in different chambers. They’ve exchanged few words (none of them cross, apparently) in the few times they’ve spoken, and they’ve never worked together — at least not directly. Cruz, however, is a principled conservative,…
Trump is the Establishment

The only problem with Mr. Ross’ thesis is that it’s not true. While it does echo Ted’s recent speech in Indiana, this is wrong.

The Texas senator, who is deeply (and outrightly) disliked by many of his colleagues on Capitol Hill, encouraged voters to support Republican front-runner Donald Trump if they are content with the legacy of Boehner—who left Congress last fall as the least popular House speaker in three decades. Before a rally in Indiana Thursday, Cruz told reporters he hasn’t spoken more than 50 words to Boehner throughout his entire life.

Cruz, like the Apostle Peter has been proven a liar when he states: “…I don’t know the man”

It was the late 1990s: Boehner was a congressman from Ohio, and Cruz was a rising legal star who had clerked for Supreme Court Justice William Rehnquist. Cruz had not yet turned 30. Boehner was suing Democratic Representative Jim McDermott of Washington state for allegedly defying wiretapping laws, according to The Washington Post.

The case stemmed from an illegally intercepted telephone call that involved Boehner and other GOP leaders in December 1996. The call was about then-Speaker Newt Gingrich, who later admitted to a wrongdoing in an ongoing House ethics subcommittee investigation. A Florida couple intercepted the conversation from a police scanner and recorded it while Boehner spoke on a cellphone, then gave the tape to McDermott, who at the time was the chief Democrat on the House Ethics Committee. McDermott presented the tape to media outlets, including The New York Times. Boehner then sued McDermott, seeking punitive damages for violations of his First Amendment rights.

And who did Boehner hire for his legal team? None other than a fresh-faced Cruz, who at the time had finished two clerkships and was working with a law firm in Washington, D.C. Cruz, who worked at the firm for a year until 1998, was one of the attorneys who briefly defended Boehner during litigation against McDermott. The case dragged on for years, until in 2008 a judge ultimately sided with Boehner, awarding him more than $1 million in legal fees. McDermott was forced to step down.
Cruz Boehner History

I don’t know about you, but if I was a lawyer and won a million dollar settlement that also forced a sitting U.S. Senator to resign, somehow I think I would remember it.

Ever after their shared past was unearthed, Cruz has still not corrected his remarks.

Cruz’s narrative continues:

“John Boehner in his remarks described Donald Trump as his texting and golfing buddy,” Cruz told reporters. “So if you want someone that’s a texting and golfing buddy—if you’re happy with John Boehner as speaker of the House and you want a president like John Boehner, Donald Trump is your man.”
Cruz I don’t know the man

Trump is also a texting and golfing buddy of Rush Limbaugh and many other folks whose names you would recognize. For Cruz to equate Trump with Boehner is dishonest and the type of political stunt that I would expect from a seasoned politician.

At the same time Doug Ross is feebly trying to portray Trump as an insider, insider George Will is having a meltdown over Trump. The truth is Will would rather have Hillary for president than Trump.

The Will article is entitled, “GOP Must Oppose Trump Even If He Wins Nomination

Donald Trump’s damage to the Republican Party, although already extensive, has barely begun.

After praising Cruz and Clinton, Will claims Trump will result in Republican Armageddon. Here are excerpts of his scenario of doom.

Trump would be the most unpopular nominee ever, unable to even come close to Mitt Romney’s insufficient support among women, minorities and young people. In losing disastrously, Trump probably would create down-ballot carnage sufficient to end even Republican control of the House.

At least half a dozen Republican senators seeking re-election and Senate aspirants can hope to win if the person at the top of the Republican ticket loses their state by, say, only four points, but not if he loses by 10. A Democratic Senate probably would guarantee a Supreme Court with a liberal cast for a generation.

Were he to be nominated, conservatives would have two tasks. One would be to help him lose 50 states—condign punishment for his comprehensive disdain for conservative essentials, including the manners and grace that should lubricate the nation’s civic life. Second, conservatives can try to save from the anti-Trump undertow as many senators, representatives, governors and state legislators as possible.
Newsmax: George Will: GOP must oppose Trump/

So there you have it, your duty is to vote for Hillary to insure Trump loses all 50 states in a landslide and vote Republican on all down-ticket races.

I don’t know if it’s that air or the water inside the District of Columbia but these guys are nuts. If Trump is unhinging the Establishment this much then maybe he’s not so bad.

George Will left the Conservative ranks decades ago but is still allowed to claim to be one. His baseball knowledge is much better than his political insight or at least it used to be. It’s sad to see how far this guy has fallen.