10 Things in Politics: John Boehner’s wildest stories

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1. SPEAKING FOR HIMSELF: Former House Speaker John Boehner has never been one to conceal his emotions. His memoir, out next week, takes that to a whole new level. But don’t think his style won’t make Washingtonians blush.

Here’s a collection of some of the juiciest excerpts thus far:

Boehner blames Trump for the insurrection: The former president, Boehner writes in an excerpt published by The New York Times, “incited that bloody insurrection for nothing more than selfish reasons, perpetuated by the bullshit he’d been shoveling since he lost a fair election the previous November.”

He really hates Sen. Ted Cruz: This isn’t surprising — Boehner once called the Texan “Lucifer in the flesh.” He went even further in the audiobook edition.

“There is nothing more dangerous than a reckless asshole who thinks he is smarter than everyone else. Ladies and gentlemen, meet Senator Ted Cruz. He enlisted the crazy caucus of the GOP in what was a truly dumbass idea. Not that anybody asked me,” Boehner writes in an excerpt published by Politico Magazine.

He also tries to come to grips with the current GOP: Boehner describes how the historically large Tea Party class that elevated him to the speakership was driven by lawmakers “who wanted to blow up Washington.” This vendetta, he writes, was egged on by the conspiracy-driven hysteria of conservative media. He calls this environment “Crazytown.”

But not everyone is convinced that Boehner was powerless to stop them: Princeton professor Julian Zelizer points out that Boehner and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich bear some responsibility for coarsening Congressional relationships long before the Tea Party arrived. This brand of aggressive politics powered the impeachment of President Clinton, an episode Boehner now says that he regrets supporting.

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And he once thought that he might have killed Mitch McConnell from shock: Boehner worried that Mitch McConnell was  “going to ‘keel over from cardiac arrest” when Boehner told then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid “to f— yourself” after amid tense fiscal cliff talks in 2013.

2. Rep. Matt Gaetz’s scandal intensified: The Florida Republican reportedly paid accused sex trafficker Joel Greenberg in two 2018 Venmo transactions that The Daily Beast uncovered. According to the report, after getting the money Greenburg sent three young women funds that added up to the $900 amount. Gaetz also used the nickname of an 18-year-old in the memo field of one of the payments. More on the story here.

After the report, the first Republican lawmaker called on Gaetz to resign: 

There’s also the possibility that Greenberg may flip on Gaetz: Greenberg is expected to enter a plea deal with federal prosecutors, The …read more

Source:: Business Insider – Politics

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