The New York Times is oh so amused that former Speaker John Boehner is calling them like he sees them now.
John A. Boehner never minced words as House speaker, but he usually leveled his insults behind closed doors. Now a private citizen, Mr. Boehner is going public, and the results can be spectacular.
On Wednesday, the former speaker gleefully unloaded on Senator Ted Cruz before a crowd at Stanford University, colorfully describing the Republican presidential contender from Texas as “Lucifer in the flesh.”
“I have never worked with a more miserable son of a bitch in my life,” said Mr. Boehner, who has made previous disparaging remarks about Mr. Cruz in both public and private, though without comparing him directly to Satan.
To anyone who knew Mr. Boehner in Washington, the comments, first reported by The Stanford Daily, were no surprise. With a glass of wine in one hand and a cigarette in the other, Mr. Boehner would often hold forth, offering his rather spirited views of individuals and ideas, though not always for publication. And when he was in exile from the leadership from 1998 to 2006, he was a go-to quote for commentary on the poor conduct of those who were in charge.
But when he took over as speaker, Mr. Boehner clammed up a bit, so the surprise is how freely flowing the comments are these days.
Yes, and that’s exactly what we need in this campaign now; more name-calling and chortle-inducing epithets because up to now it’s been a model of decorum and restraint.
No, I’m not some prude who faints at the utterance of an F-bomb. I enjoy a good insult as much as the next guy, but in the case of Boehner v. Cruz, it’s not exactly news that nobody likes the junior senator from Texas. As he himself noted, it’s why he’s running in the first place; being an obnoxious and self-aggrandizing jerk is a feature, not a bug.
What would really be news — and would really torpedo the Cruz campaign — is if John Boehner came out and praised Ted Cruz as the most accommodating and and obsequious brown-noser on Capitol Hill and that this son-of-a-bitch persona was all an act.