I once heard that John Boehner was an alcoholic. I have no first hand knowledge and must admit I heard it from a Clinton source.
I didn’t know John Boehner was so devout. I guess that was my fault. I never thought about whether or not he had any religious beliefs. His deeply held Catholicism never showed (at least not to me) nor seemed to affect his politics and actions. I must admit I never paid too much attention to John Boehner.
I mean, the guy was leader of the House Republicans for god’s sake. How can one virtually weep in the presence of Pope Francis, hang on his every word, hug him and shed tears and be a Republican? Prior to last week I would have assumed he was a member of a nice conservative mega-church. Never a Catholic and practically a Franciscan at that.
I learn something everyday.
John Boehner was under constant attack from the crack-pot wing of his own party; those who wanted to expel the heretics for not being Republican enough. Taliban lite.
Yesterday he struck back lashing out at “false prophets” in the right’s ranks, blaming them for political strategies that “never had a chance” even while taking the government into fiscal crises.
“Absolutely, they’re not realistic,” the retiring House speaker said of hard-line conservatives and outside groups in a Sunday interview on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”
“The Bible says beware of false prophets. And there are people out there, you know, spreading noise about how much can get done. I mean that whole notion that we’re going to shut down the government to get rid of Obamacare in 2013 — that plan never had a chance,” Boehner said.
“But over the course of the August recess in 2013 and in September, a lot of my Republican colleagues who knew this was a fool’s errand — really, they were getting all this pressure from home to do this,” he said.
Boehner said conservative, Washington-based groups knew the goals they were championing couldn’t be accomplished but pressed for them anyway.
“And so, we’ve got groups here in town, members of the House and Senate here in town, who whipped people into a frenzy believing they can accomplish things that they know — they know — are never going to happen,” he said.
Ted Cruz was characterized as a “false prophet”; Boehner once called him a “jackass”.
The advice Boehner said he’d offer the next speaker sounded similar to his criticism of his party’s right wing. He urged his successor to accept that small victories are sometimes the best that can be done in a complicated, split system of governance.
“Keep the country’s best interest in mind and have the courage to do what you can do,” Boehner said. “In our system of government, it’s not about Hail Mary passes. It’s the Woody Hayes school of football — three yards and a cloud of dust. Three yards and a cloud of dust. It’s a slow, methodical process.”
John Boehner resigned after listening to the Pope’s words and being embraced.
I believe he resigned because he knew in his heart of hearts he was not following that road in which he deeply believes. I like to think the Pope’s words on immigration, refugees and the poor cut deeply into Boehner’s heart. They cut deeply into my heart and I’m an atheist!
John Boenher has a month to make amends; to calm his troubled soul.
Now is the time to bring the immigration bill passed by a bi-partisan Senate vote in June 2013 up for a vote in the House. I believe it will pass with overwhelming Democratic support and a number of Republicans.
It will put immigration behind us before the Presidential election, taking it off the table. It will give those undocumented already here a path to join “us” rather than remaining “them”.
It will create your legacy in the House and you will know the joy of doing what is right – of being on the right side of history. It’s passage would be your crowning achievement.
And you will know the joy of getting even; of revenge best served cold.
And you might even hear from the Pope.