Boehner insists he wasn’t forced out, warns against ‘false prophets’ who want to defund Planned Parenthood

boehner10927House Speaker John Boehner proved Sunday that while he may be handing over the reins of power, he has no intentions of going quietly.

Decrying “false prophets,” Boehner slammed the conservative wing of the Republican Party during an interview on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” saying this faction is “unrealistic” in their expectations with President Obama in the White House.

“Absolutely, they’re unrealistic!” he told host John Dickerson. “The Bible says beware of false prophets, and there are people out there spreading noise about how much can get done.”

Boehner then took a subtle jab at Republican presidential contender Ted Cruz, his nemesis who led the effort to shut down the government over the funding of Obamacare. He also said there will be no shut down over the funding of Planned Parenthood.

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“This whole notion that we’re going to shut down the government to get rid of ObamaCare in 2013, that plan never had a chance,” the speaker said.

Boehner continued to insist the decision to retire was his and that he was not forced out, saying he had the votes to survive a leadership challenge.

“Look, winning that vote was never an issue,” he stressed. “I was going to get the overwhelming number of – I would have gotten 400 votes, probably.”

Having announced his impending retirement, Boehner seems to have developed a sudden interest in the Founding Fathers, saying the system of government they established was designed to bring about change slowly.

“Our Founders didn’t want some sort of parliamentary system where if you got the majority, you got to do whatever you wanted,” he said. “They wanted this long, slow process. And so change comes slowly and obviously too slowly for some.”

Some would argue if Boehner moved any slower as House speaker, he’d be going backwards.

Tom Tillison

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