Sunday, September 27, 2015

John Boehner Belatedly Slams Conservative "False Prophets"

After having shamelessly prostituted himself to the Christofascist and Tea Party element of the GOP base, now John Boehner is belatedly calling them "false prophets" - lunatics might be a better term - but perhaps late is better than never. Would that Boehner had spoken out years ago as he did on CBS' "Face the Nation" today.  Ever since Barack Obama was elected, the extreme racists of the Christian Right have been trying to obstruct or undo anything the man has done irregardless of how unlikely long term success might be.  Instead of governing, this element in the GOP has only sought to obstruct and destroy with no care about the harm done to average Americans.  Now, with a little more than a month left before his resignation, Boehner is finally speaking the out.  NBC News has details on Boehner's all too late condemnation of the forces of insanity controlling the GOP.   Here are excerpts:

House Speaker John Boehner slammed hard-line conservatives as "false prophets" who are merely "spreading noise" rather than trying to achieve anything tangible. 

Speaking on CBS' "Face the Nation," the retiring Speaker pointed to the 2013 Affordable Care Act fight as an example of a tactic that "never had a chance" of success." 

"The Bible says beware of false prophets. And there are people out there, you know, spreading noise about how much can get done. I mean this whole notion that we're going to shut down the government to get rid of Obamacare in 2013 -- this plan never had a chance," Boehner said. 

"But over the course of the August recess in 2013 and in September, a lot of my Republican colleagues who knew this was a fool's errand — really, they were getting all this pressure from home to do this," he added. 

Boehner said that conservative groups and lawmakers have purposely misled voters, charging that they've "whipped people into a frenzy believing they can accomplish things that they know -- they know -- are never going to happen." 

Asked whether he was referring to Cruz specifically as a "false prophet," Boehner pointed to a report suggesting he referred to the senator as a "jackass" at a private fundraiser. 

"You can pick a lot of names out. I'll let you choose them," he said. 

Conservatives have for weeks been gearing up for another shutdown push, this time over funding for Planned Parenthood. But Boehner's announcement Friday of his plans to resign at the end of October reduced the likelihood of such an outcome. The Speaker said on CBS that the Senate is expected to pass a funding bill that doesn't address Planned Parenthood funding this week, all but assuring President Obama's signatue, and the House will take it up after that.

I don't want to leave my successor a dirty barn," Boehner said. "So I want to clean the barn up a little bit before the next person gets here." 

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