Now that he’s no longer House speaker, Ohio Republican Bohener has “gleefully” released his mute button, says The New York Times, describing Cruz as “Lucifer in the flesh.”
“I have never worked with a more miserable son of a bitch in my life,” Boehner said at Stanford University on Wednesday.
Boehner, who suffered as Cruz wooed rebellious House conservatives into a government shutdown in 2013, saw Cruz as a self-aggrandizer who put himself above the institution of Congress and even the good of his party. To an institutionalist like Boehner, there’s no greater offense, says the Times.
Cruz, on the other hand, saw Boehner as a symbol of Washington deal-making and the standard-bearer for what Cruz deplores as the “Washington cartel,” a much more ominous way of describing the political establishment.
“It was destined to be a nonrelationship forged where Lucifer resides,” says the Times.
The Boehner comments have generated lots of news stories on others' dislike of Cruz, from The Washington Post, Politico and elsewhere.