RUSH: Ted Cruz just got the best endorsement he could ever get. He could not have gotten a better endorsement than he got out of John Boehner speaking to the Stanford Daily, the campus newspaper at Stanford. Can you imagine, here’s John Boehner out there calling Ted Cruz “Lucifer,” the biggest SOB he ever had to work with?
Here’s John Boehner, the former Speaker of the House, who had to work with Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid and Barack Obama, and he says that Ted Cruz was the worst he ever had to work with? Isn’t that a little bizarre? Especially since they both claim, both Boehner and Cruz, to be conservatives.
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Cruz had a pretty good presser here just a moment ago, just ended right as the program was beginning. Cruz understands timing. Trump has yet to learn it, but Cruz understands it. He got out of there right as the program was beginning. He had Carly Fiorina standing next to him, and he made an interesting point.
He said (paraphrasing), “You know, look, you listen to Trump. He’s gonna make Carrier do this, he’s gonna make Oreo do that, make Nabisco do this.” He said, “I’m not that, that’s what Obama does. The reason Carrier is leaving and relocating to Mexico is because of Barack Obama policies, but the president doesn’t have the right to strong-arm American corporations and tell them where they can and cannot operate. That’s what Trump wants to do. That’s what Barack Obama wants to do. That’s not who I am,” he said. And it was a good point.
I don’t know, though, folks, I can’t get over — we had a call yesterday that, if you didn’t hear, let me just repeat it, we had a guy named Sean from Philadelphia. He was a well-spoken guy, and he had a bunch of points. One of them was that he’s just fed up with the fact the GOP has not been fighting back. And this business with Boehner, Sean in Philadelphia, if you’re out there and if you’ve heard it, I know you’re fuming. It’s exactly what he was talking about. The Republican Party will not fight back at the Democrats.
This guy from Philadelphia made a point yesterday that George W. Bush would not defend himself against any of the characters assassination attempts the Democrats brought. Boehner, the House, Senate leadership never do anything. The Democrats could say whatever they want, there wasn’t one critical thing out of their mouths about the Democrats. And he said look — and this is the takeaway — he said, “I don’t agree with 80% of what Trump stands for, but I’m gonna vote for him ’cause the guy fights back.”
The guy will fight back against the people that the caller thinks are creating the vast majority of problems in the country. And here comes Boehner right on cue comparing Cruz to Lucifer. So Cruz can run around and say, “If anybody doubts that I am anti-establishment now, if anybody has any question over who the real outsider in this campaign is, just take a look at what Boehner said.”
And then Cruz said (paraphrasing), “I don’t remember ever working with the guy. I mean, I’m over there in the Senate, what would I have to do with the Speaker of the House? I don’t remember working in a face-to-face, direct fashion with Boehner.”
RUSH: Cruz responding to Boehner, who, again, according to the Stanford Daily, referred to Cruz as Lucifer in the flesh. Boehner spoke to an audience on the Stanford campus last night. He said, “I have Democrat friends, I got Republican friends, I get along with most everyone, but I have never worked with a more miserable SOB,” except he didn’t say SOB, he said son of a b-i-itch. “I’ve never worked with a more miserable son of a b-i-itch in my life.”
Now, last night was not the first occasion Boehner has referred to Cruz as Lucifer. He said it last month during Q&A with reporters at the Futures Industry Association conference in Boca Raton. And I just have to say that Cruz could not have gotten a better endorsement.
Here’s Boehner one with McConnell, who is quintessential GOP establishment, and here is quintessential GOP establishment ripping on Cruz as Lucifer and as a miserable SOB and a horrible guy to work with. Here’s Boehner, I guess it’s fine working with Pelosi, not a problem. I guess it was fun working with Harry Reid, not a problem. A lot of fun going to the White House working with Obama, great guy, not a problem. Put Ted Cruz in the meeting and I can’t tell you how bad it was.
I think it says a lot and to a lot of people, by the way, that here’s the former Speaker of the House who will not — and there isn’t, by the way, there isn’t any other Republican that will get anywhere near referring to a single Democrat this way. And make no mistake, these guys hate Cruz more than they hate Trump. And they hate Trump. They’re scared of Trump. They despise Trump. Their dislike of Cruz, visceral, personal. Here’s Cruz responding to Boehner.
CRUZ: John Boehner, in his remarks, described Donald Trump as his texting and golfing buddy. So if you want someone that’s a texting and golfing buddy, if you’re happy about John Boehner, Speaker of the House, and if you want a president like John Boehner, Donald Trump’s your man. He said something like “he’s the worst SOB I’ve ever worked with,” something like that. I’ve never worked with John Boehner. Truth of the matter is I don’t know the man. I’ve met John Boehner two or three times in my life. If I have said 50 words in my life to John Boehner, I’d be surprised.
RUSH: And before we hit the break, this is Ted Cruz at his press conference answering a question from a reporter. “John Kasich has told voters here in Indiana to vote against you. Ms. Fiorina just last night called for Kasich to drop out. What shape is this alliance that you have with Kasich in?”
CRUZ: I recognize that the media is all eager to talk about an alliance. There is no alliance. Kasich and I made a determination where to focus our energies, where to focus our assets, where to focus our resources.
RUSH: And gotta take a brief time-out.
RUSH: I just heard somebody say that Boehner’s criticism of Cruz as Lucifer and one of the most miserable sons of a b-i-itch he’s ever had to work with was not ideological. That Boehner doesn’t dislike Cruz because he’s a conservative, because he’s too conservative. He dislikes Cruz ’cause Cruz (this is somebody on TV) is a reprehensible guy.
Folks, they both may be true, but do not discount the reality that the primary reason Ted Cruz is disliked is precisely that he is conservative. That is exactly why the Republican establishment doesn’t like him. It’s why they didn’t like Reagan. It’s why they didn’t like Goldwater. It’s why they don’t want any conservative triumphing and running, heading the party, being elected president. It is all about conservatism. There isn’t a conservative that comes along that they like. There isn’t a conservative out there that the GOP establishment would get behind and help win the party nomination. It’s just that simple.
So to run around and say that this problem Boehner has with Cruz is not ideological, that’s an attempt to cover-up, because it is totally the reason. I guarantee you what else is going on is that what Cruz did on the floor of the Senate attacking McConnell, Boehner as a member of the Republican establishment, that’s just not done, that’s just the worst thing in the world. You do not publicly call out your leadership. You just don’t, you don’t do it to George Patton, you don’t do it to Ike, you don’t do it to McConnell. And those are the two primary reasons for the animosity that Boehner openly admits having for Cruz. He is not the only one either.