Former House Speaker John Boehner, R-OH, has become a living representation of the divide between the Republican base and the party establishment.
GOP insiders and the legacy media alike yearn for a return to Boehner’s moderate politics and deal-making with Democrats, while masses of conservatives around America have come to see the former Speaker as little more than a compromiser who caves when it matters most.
A lengthy profile by Politico shows just how alienated Boehner is from the attitudes of everyday Republicans. Boehner, no longer inhibited by the restraint needed as a sitting politician, doesn’t hold back in saying how he really feels about the conservative icons like President Donald Trump and House Freedom Caucus founder Rep. Jim Jordan, R-OH.
The first part of the exclusive interview was conducted in June of this year–before Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-SC, became Chairman of the House Oversight Committee.
Boehner expressed satisfaction at the news that Gowdy was favored to assume leadership of the committee that had been headed by resigned Congressman Jason Chaffetz,R-UT. Boehner then went on to give a candidly vulgar critique of both Chaffetz and Jim Jordan, a senior member of the Oversight Committee whom conservatives had hoped would assume the chairmanship.
“F**k Jordan. F**k Chaffetz. They’re both a**holes,” Boehner said bluntly.
When it came to Chaffetz, Boehner’s issue is the Utahn’s alleged penchant for self-promotion. “With Chaffetz, it’s always about Chaffetz” Boehner stated, calling his former Republican colleague a “total phony.”
Boehner’s beef with Jordan is more ideological. The House Speaker sees the conservative favorite as one of the people responsible for the anger from the GOP base that ultimately led to his resignation from the House’s top leadership position.
“Jordan was a terrorist as a legislator going back to his days in the Ohio House and Senate,” Boehner asserted. “A terrorist. A legislative terrorist.”
Boehner is also dismayed by the election of Donald Trump, whom he sees as epitomizing a fracturing of the Republican party.
Politico’s Tim Alberta describes the following exchange with Boehner.
When I ask Boehner whether the Republican Party can survive this, he cuts me off. “There is no Rep—.” He stops himself. “You were about to say, ‘There is no Republican Party,'” I tell him. He shrugs. “There is. But what does it even mean? Donald Trump’s not a Republican. He’s not a Democrat. He’s a populist. He doesn’t have an ideological bone in his body.” So who, I ask, is the leader of the party? “There is nobody,” he says.
All the leftist Blue Checked brigade celebrating "John Boehner" and his comments are clueless as to why the left will lose 2018 and 2020.
— trumpnation2020 (@datrumpnation1) October 29, 2017
Boehner, who worked with former Speaker Newt Gingrich on the famous 1994 Contract with America legislative agenda, is a perfect example of fall-from-grace. The man of humble origins who built a successful business and political career out of nothing became part of the elite establishment swamp he went to Washington to fight.