Why John Boehner Hates Ted Cruz

Former House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) (photo credit: Gage Skidmore)

Big on my Facebook page is the new Mother Jones piece detailing why Washington insiders think Ted Cruz is a “jerk,” in the magazine’s words. Here’s an example from former Speaker John Boehner:

Fighting words: The former speaker of House has called Cruz “that jackass” and a “false prophet.”

The beef: Where to start? Cruz has served as a cheerleader for the House Freedom Caucus, the band of arch-conservatives who made Boehner’s job all but impossible. He trod so heavily on Boehner’s turf that he earned the nickname “Speaker Cruz.” Cruz pushed for a government shutdown over defunding Planned Parenthood, and then he accused Boehner of selling out conservatives to cut a deal with Nancy Pelosi. When Boehner resigned, Cruz took a victory lap.

Why don’t I think this is going to bother a lot of GOP primary voters in N.H.?

Maggie Gallagher is a senior fellow at the American Principles Project.

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Cruz Is Right: When You Fight, the Polls Change

Ted Cruz made an important point in an interview with Chuck Todd yesterday: the political dynamic changes when leaders are willing to fight on an issue.  This is why the truce strategy, in general, on social issues is so idiotic. It not only assumes people will keep voting for you if you do nothing and say nothing when a fight emerges; it assumes there are no voters to be gained, and no minds to be changed, by elevating the issue to one you are willing to fight about.

If not on defunding Planned Parenthood, then surely on the late-term abortion ban:

TED CRUZ: Why do you think John Boehner’s stepping down? He’s stepping down because the American people are furious with Republican leaders that don’t do what they promised. And you know, it’s interesting. I do townhalls all over the country. And I asked folks, “Okay. We have Republican majorities in both houses for ten months now. What on Earth have they accomplished?” Every town hall you do that, the answer is always, “Absolutely nothing.” And — and usually I respond and say, “You know what? It’s worse than that. It would have been better if it were nothing. In fact, what the Republican majorities have done, we came back right after the last election, passed a trillion dollars cromnibus bill, filled with corporate welfare report. Then Republican leadership and — and leadership joined with Harry Reid and the Democrats to do that. Then leadership voted to fund Obamacare. Then they voted to fund amnesty.

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Rand Paul: Name Calling Is the Reason Ted Cruz Can’t Get Anything Done

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) (photo credit: Gage Skidmore)

On Fox News Radio last week, Senator Rand Paul was asked about presidential rival Senator Ted Cruz’s failure to get a vote on defunding Planned Parenthood from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.  Paul said that while he also disagreed with McConnell’s Planned Parenthood strategy, the “snub” was an understandable result of Cruz insulting leadership in public:

Ted has chosen to make this really personal and chosen to call people dishonest in leadership and call them names which really goes against the decorum and also against the rules of the senate, and as a consequence he can’t get anything done legislatively. He is pretty much done for and stifled and it’s really because of personal relationships, or lack of personal relationships, and it is a problem. I approach things a little different, I am still just as hardcore in saying what we are doing is wrong, I just chose not to call people liars on the Senate floor and it’s just a matter of different perspectives on how best to get to the end result.

Paul went on to say he also had a “strong disagreement on tactics” with Congressional leadership, and criticized outgoing House Speaker John Boehner’s comments on advocates of a government shutdown being “false prophets.”  According to Paul, predicting defeat before trying is a bad negotiating tactic:

I think he mistakes what can be done and what can’t be done. I am not saying we can get everything we want but I am saying don’t start by saying we are not going to get anything.

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Rubio Rips Boehner, Says It’s Time For ‘A New Generation of Leadership’

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) (photo credit: Gage Skidmore)

On Friday, House Speaker John Boehner surprised the world by announcing his resignation from Congress. Senator Marco Rubio had the fortune of announcing that breaking news to a group of conservatives on Friday at the Values Voter Summit, and he was met by a long round of applause.

Rubio seized on that anti-Boehner, anti-establishment sentiment in his speech.

From USA Today:

“I’m not here today to bash anyone,” the 44-year-old first-term senator from Florida said. “ But the time has come to turn the page and allow a new generation of leadership in this country.”

Only moments before, Rubio was blasting Washington’s inability to solve long-festering problems.

“These issues are so generational that people cannot help but ask, how can it be, how can it be that we sent a Republican majority to Congress and yet they’re still not able to stop our country from sliding in the wrong direction?” he told the audience.

Rubio slammed the “political class” for continuing to embrace “outdated ways of thinking” and said he realized early in his Senate term that only presidents are able to get things done — a not-so-veiled shot at GOP leaders in Congress.

“I realized that none of the problems I got elected to solve are going to be solved if we keep promoting the same people to higher and higher ranks within our government,” he said.

The activists at the summit (sponsored by the Family Research Council) cheered Rubio’s comments condemning abortion, his promise to defund Planned Parenthood, and his criticism that government policies under President Obama are hurting families.

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Don’t Cry For Me, Speaker Boehner

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) (photo credit: Gage Skidmore)

You forgot or never realized, sir, that the Speakership of the United States House of Representatives is not a position of stability, nor of stasis. It is the least, rather than the most-protected, seat in that great chamber o’er which you presided (but which you failed to lead) these last four years.

That chair and the nifty gavel that accompanies it are signs and symbols of the authority and responsibility entrusted to you directly by the several representatives of the partisan majority of which you are a single member, and indirectly by the people of the United States of America who placed your co-partisan House members in their respective chairs on that same Chamber’s floor.

In the Autumn of 2010, the American people directly elected a number of Republican representatives to the House sufficient to directly place you in the Speaker’s chair. Admittedly, the American people were once-removed from your apparent success, but you should have paid attention to the deeper, general-electoral origin of your election to the Speakership. You didn’t. It is lamentable that, as in the current Jeb Bush/Hillary Clinton mode, you assumed the aura of deserving it; of it being your time. In short, you believed you were entitled to that chair and gavel. But you weren’t, precisely because no one ever is. You should have studied more Greek tragedy, sir.

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Boehner Out as Speaker

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) (photo credit: Gage Skidmore)

Speaker John Boehner made headlines this morning by making a surprise announcement: he will be retiring from Congress at the end of October.

More from The New York Times:

Speaker John A. Boehner, under intense pressure from conservatives in his party, will resign one of the most powerful positions in government and give up his House seat at the end of October, throwing Congress into chaos as it tries to avert a government shutdown.

Mr. Boehner, who was first elected to Congress in 1990, made the announcement in an emotional meeting with his fellow Republicans on Friday morning.

The Ohio representative struggled from almost the moment he took the speaker’s gavel in 2011 to manage the challenges of divided government and to hold together his fractious and increasingly conservative Republican members.

It will be interesting to see who replaces Boehner. Will it be an establishment pick? Or will it be someone from the more conservative caucus of the Republican Party?

Early last week, The Hill reported that many House conservatives were “warming” to House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy as the next Speaker. The Hill also reported that there would almost certainly be a vote to oust Speaker Boehner this fall. One might speculate that Boehner may have resigned as a way to avoid an embarrassing vote of no confidence from his colleagues.

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Fiorina: Boehner and McConnell Should Go If They Can’t Do These Three Things

Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina (photo credit: John Pemble via Flickr, CC BY-ND 2.0)

At a campaign stop in Bedford, N.H., on Sunday, Carly Fiorina said House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are “good men” who have been “captured by the status quo.”

According to TIME, Fiorina identified three things that if Boehner and McConnell can’t accomplish, they need to be shown the door:

1.) Pass a ban on abortions after 20 weeks and defund Planned Parenthood. The 20 week abortion ban is supported by a large majority of Americans, including women. In January, House Republican leadership backed down from a vote on the bill on the 42nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade after a small group of Republicans revolted. The House passed the bill in May. McConnell has promised a vote in the Senate on the bill but has taken no action yet. As for Planned Parenthood, this is a battle that just last week McConnell surrendered before it even began, but Ted Cruz is not going to let McConnell get away with waving a white flag. Fiorina said a defunding measure should be attached to the upcoming government funding bill, saying, “If President Obama is prepared to shut down the government because he cares so much about Planned Parenthood, then let him do that. But I think this gets to the core of our nation’s character, and I also know that the vast majority of Americans agree with me on that.”

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BREAKING: Boehner’s Health Policy Adviser Has Ties to Fetus Mining Firm

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) (photo credit: Gage Skidmore)

Of course, we are not responsible for what our sisters do and think. But this looks bad for Boehner — especially if he prevents a GOP vote on defunding Planned Parenthood:

Republican House Speaker John Boehner’s top health-care policy adviser is linked — by blood — to a figure at the heart of the Planned Parenthood baby part-selling scandal.

Charlotte Ivancic, Boehner’s health policy director, is the older sister of Cate Dyer, the founder of Stem Express, the California-based company caught buying aborted fetus parts from Planned Parenthood.

Ivancic, formerly Rep. Paul Ryan’s point person on Medicare reform, advises Boehner on all aspects of health care reform.

“Dyer says one of her biggest inspirations is her sister, Charlotte Ivancic,” according to a Sacramento State University alumni magazine. “She too had aspirations of being doctor, but took a detour and is now an esteemed healthcare law expert.”

Maggie Gallagher is a senior fellow at American Principles in Action.

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