If Ted Cruz, the senator from Texas running for president of the United States ever becomes the Republican nominee, you can swear on a stack of Bibles that a huge swathe of Republicans won’t be voting for him, not even with their eyes starring straight into the barrels of a thousand guns. One such Republican is John Boehner, former Republican speaker who resigned last year when he could no longer stand the stress and the crazy challenges that came with the office.
Boehner thinks Cruz is “Lucifer in the flesh.” He dropped that charge today in an interview at Stanford University. “I have Democrat friends and Republican friends. I get along with almost everyone, but I have never worked with a more miserable son of a bitch in my life,” said Boehner. The former speaker also added that Cruz would be president “over my dead body.”
While you may think Boehner’s characterization of Cruz is somehow over the top, you can’t fault him altogether for the blistering nature of the attack. Cruz’s fellow Republicans hate him with a passion, to say nothing of Democrats. Boehner resigned out of frustration when, as speaker and leader of Republicans in Congress, he could not muster enough support of his party members for commonsense bipartisan legislation. A significant majority of the House members under his leadership were rabid ideologues who sought and won election to Congress on the promise to go to Washington to oppose President Barack Obama and his policies.
The man who chaperoned and prodded the House members from behind the scene was none other than Cruz. Cruz, you also recall, led the infamous Republican government shutdown of 2013, a thing that vastly damaged both the leadership ability and reputation of Boehner. The former speaker, many months after leaving office, still bears that grudge, even wearing it visibly like the cloak of a wizard.
Cruz, who may be America’s most loathed man had been called so many bad names, but not nearly as ugly and dark as Boehner’s description of him. In 2012, Craig Mazin, his university roommate, took to twitter to roast him when he heard Cruz was contesting to be a senator that year. Precisely on October 28, 2012, Mazin tweeted the following remark: “My freshman year college roommate Ted Cruz is going to be elected Senator. In case I hadn’t made it clear, he’s also a huge asshole.”
“On January 14, Mazin tweeted: Getting emails blaming me for not smothering Ted Cruz in his sleep in 1988. What kind of monster do you think I am? A really prescient one?”
On January 13, 2016, I noted the following in my blog about Cruz:
A relentless self-promoting egomaniac, Cruz played a major role in the 2013 government shut-down over Obamacare. He has an enormous capacity to offend. Members of his own party don’t like him that much, and must be having a schadenfreude over his troubles. In October, 2013, he insulted Nigerians when he joked to a crowd of supporters in Houston, Texas, “You may have noticed that all the Nigerian email scammers have become a lot less active lately …They all have been hired to run the Obamacare website.” That remark earned him a firestorm of criticism from the Nigerian-American community in the US. Ade Adefuye, the Nigerian ambassador to the US demanded an apology from him. Cruz didn’t offer one.
Yesterday, Cruz picked Carly Fiorina as his running mate, a move seen by many as an act of desperation. Fiorina was a former candidate in the Republican nomination fight that included 16 other candidates. She dropped out of the race when her efforts came a nasty cropper.