When John Boehner resigned his position as Speaker of the House and left Congress to retire to his home outside of Cincinnati, it was no secret that the infighting within the Republican Party was his primary motivation for leaving. Boehner was facing open rebellion from the ultra-right wing of the GOP congressional delegation, who were beginning to make it hard for him to believe that he was the actual leader of a majority in the House, given the “Tea-Party” segment’s complete intransigence when it came to negotiating legislation that could actually pass.
Now that Boehner has retired and no longer has to wrangle votes from people he’d rather have nothing to do with, he’s been commenting on his former Republican colleagues with astonishing honesty and blunt language.
In a long profile in this week’s Politico magazine, Boehner calls revealed some harsh truths about members of the body he once led and called out two of them by name. He was not subtle.
On Congress as a whole, Boehner says:
“We’ve got some of the smartest people in America who serve in the Congress, and we’ve got some of the dumbest. We have some of the nicest people you’d ever want to meet, and some that are Nazis. Congress is nothing more than a slice of America.”
He reserved some of his harshest words for two of the biggest thorns in his side from his congressional days in a way that will certainly not win him any friends in the House Freedom Caucus, as the Tea-Partiers like to call themselves these days.
One is Jason Chaffetz, himself now resigned from his position as the congressman from Utah’s 3rd congressional district and his chairmanship of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and working as a contributor for Fox News. Unlike Boehner who resigned his seat out of principle, Chaffetz reportedly resigned because he could make more money outside of government service, saying serving in Congress is “a rich man’s game”.
The other is Jim Jordan, a fellow Ohioan representing the 4th Congressional district, and a stalwart of the Freedom Caucus, and a frequent critic of Boehner’s attempts to raise the debt ceiling and keep the government functioning under then-President Obama.
So what exactly did Boehner have to say about these two frenemies from his own party, when he was told that Chaffetz was resigning and that Jordan was thinking about pursuing his now vacant seat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee?
“Fuck Jordan. Fuck Chaffetz. They’re both assholes.”
Who would have thought that we’d ever be in full agreement with John Boehner? Perhaps we’ve underestimated him as a judge of character. He’s the one who should be giving the commentary on Fox News now. At least then there would be one or two things said on the air there that wouldn’t be completely false, like that verbal finger to his former colleagues.