The #unexpectedly Chronicles Boehner picks Trump (& Hillary, Obama & Bernie) over Cruz

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The #unexpectedly Chronicles Boehner picks Trump (& Hillary, Obama & Bernie) over Cruz

Six months ago I bluntly told you that in a Ted Cruz Don­ald Trump race, Trump was the estab­lish­ment pick:

If Ted Cruz is will­ing to take on prac­ti­cally his entire cau­cus as the junior sen­a­tor against a pow­er­ful Sen­ate leader how much more will­ing will he be will­ing to do so with the bully pul­pit & the power that comes with it in his hands? The Supreme Court Fights alone will be epic and I sus­pect a man as famil­iar with the court as he will man­aged to find actual con­ser­v­a­tives to both nom­i­nate and fight for.

Now con­trast that worry with what the Estab­lish­ment will had to deal with in a Trump admin­is­tra­tion. Pic­ture a group of peo­ple appointed by a prag­matic deal maker and pic­ture the estab­lish­ment and even the left hav­ing to deal with Trump and his appointees, many of whom will be self-​made and have absolutely no loy­alty to the con­ser­v­a­tive elec­torate that said estab­lish­ment loathes so much.

Then finally con­sider Trump him­self, he prides him­self as being per­son who is a great nego­tia­tor and deal­maker. The prob­lem with a deal­maker is the key ques­tion: “What do you give up to make the deal?”

If you are an Estab­lish­ment repub­li­can or even a demo­c­rat that ques­tion will con­sole you, but as a social con­ser­v­a­tive it does not.

So for me it’s no sur­prise that John Boehner is now on the Trump train:

The for­mer House speaker also described the two other Repub­li­can can­di­dates as friends. He recalled play­ing golf with Repub­li­can fron­trun­ner Don­ald Trump for years, and said they were “tex­ting bud­dies.” Despite Trump being short of the 1,237 del­e­gates required to win the nom­i­na­tion, Boehner accepted that The Don­ald is the pre­sump­tive Repub­li­can nominee.

While he did not praise Trump’s poli­cies, the for­mer speaker said he would vote for The Don­ald in a gen­eral elec­tion. He said he would not, how­ever, vote for Cruz.

What? This isn’t pos­si­ble, we’ve just been told for months by the Trump cam­paign that Ted Cruz is the insider and Don­ald Trump was the out­siders and that Ted Cruz main­tain­ing the oppo­site was lying.

Next thing you’ll be telling me that Ted Cruz is telling the Truth about Don­ald Trump being liberal:

Boehner may have attacked Obama’s sharpest critic, but he had pos­i­tive words for the pres­i­dent him­self. The Stan­ford Daily reported that the for­mer speaker “reflected pos­i­tively on his rela­tion­ship with Obama. Although he acknowl­edged that the two dis­agree, Boehner said the two get along well.” While it is good to make friends across the aisle, the sharp crit­i­cism against a fel­low Repub­li­can — one of the most insis­tent and ortho­dox con­ser­v­a­tives in recent mem­ory — con­trasted with praise for the puta­tive head of the Demo­c­ra­tic Party strikes con­ser­v­a­tives the wrong way.

The for­mer House speaker also praised Hillary Clin­ton, after briefly mock­ing her sex­ist cam­paign. “Oh, I’m a woman, vote for me,” he said, but the crowd reacted neg­a­tively. Later, he admit­ted that he has known Clin­ton for 25 years and finds her to be very accom­plished and smart.

Boehner also added that he thinks Bernie Sanders is a nice guy and the most hon­est politi­cian in the race, even though he dis­agrees with the Ver­mont senator’s posi­tions on nearly all of the issues.

So to sum up, John Boehner, fan of Clin­ton, fan of Sanders, fan of Obama, fan of Trump, hates Ted Cruz.

What does that tell you? I know what that tells Ted Cruz:

“If you’re won­der­ing who has actu­ally stood up to Wash­ing­ton,” Cruz said, “John Boehner has made it crys­tal clear” that Don­ald Trump is not that candidate

As Allah­pun­dit put it, this would have been more use­ful six months ago which is likely why Boehner kept his mouth shut till now.

Oh Boehner and friends aren’t stop­ping at hit­ting Ted Cruz:

The same play­ers who detest Ted Cruz have now recruited a straw man RINO to run against Rep. Jim Briden­s­tine (R-​OK), one of the most intre­pid con­ser­v­a­tives in the House of Representatives.

and who are they fund­ing to oppose him?

Well, who is Tom Atkin­son? He is the quin­tes­sen­tial wealthy trans-​ideological Repub­li­can. He donated to a lib­eral Demo­c­rat, Kathy Tay­lor, who ran against the Repub­li­can mayor of Tulsa. That Repub­li­can mayor, Dewey Bartlett, is Tom Atkinson’s own brother-​in-​law! Atkin­son has tapped Shane Saun­ders, a for­mer aid to John Sul­li­van, the RINO Briden­s­tine defeated in 2012. Saun­ders is known to be close with Boehner as well.

On Atkinson’s cam­paign web­site and in his ads, he sells him­self as a con­ser­v­a­tive and not a politi­cian. But how could a con­ser­v­a­tive donate to a promi­nent Demo­c­rat who funded Emily’s List and held fundrais­ers for Joe Biden?

So for all the repub­li­cans who were out­raged over John Boehner who have within a few months of cheer­ing his depar­ture bought into the false attacks on Ted Cruz by the Trump cam­paign let Ted answer it directly:

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.

A lot of peo­ple have been played this cycle and in the inter­net age there is no excuse for it.

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Six months ago I bluntly told you that in a Ted Cruz Donald Trump race, Trump was the establishment pick:

If Ted Cruz is willing to take on practically his entire caucus as the junior senator against a powerful Senate leader how much more willing will he be willing to do so with the bully pulpit & the power that comes with it in his hands? The Supreme Court Fights alone will be epic and I suspect a man as familiar with the court as he will managed to find actual conservatives to both nominate and fight for.

Now contrast that worry with what the Establishment will had to deal with in a Trump administration. Picture a group of people appointed by a pragmatic deal maker and picture the establishment and even the left having to deal with Trump and his appointees, many of whom will be self-made and have absolutely no loyalty to the conservative electorate that said establishment loathes so much.

Then finally consider Trump himself, he prides himself as being person who is a great negotiator and dealmaker. The problem with a dealmaker is the key question: “What do you give up to make the deal?”

If you are an Establishment republican or even a democrat that question will console you, but as a social conservative it does not.

So for me it’s no surprise that John Boehner is now on the Trump train:

The former House speaker also described the two other Republican candidates as friends. He recalled playing golf with Republican frontrunner Donald Trump for years, and said they were “texting buddies.” Despite Trump being short of the 1,237 delegates required to win the nomination, Boehner accepted that The Donald is the presumptive Republican nominee.

While he did not praise Trump’s policies, the former speaker said he would vote for The Donald in a general election. He said he would not, however, vote for Cruz.

What? This isn’t possible, we’ve just been told for months by the Trump campaign that Ted Cruz is the insider and Donald Trump was the outsiders and that Ted Cruz maintaining the opposite was lying.

Next thing you’ll be telling me that Ted Cruz is telling the Truth about Donald Trump being liberal:

Boehner may have attacked Obama’s sharpest critic, but he had positive words for the president himself. The Stanford Daily reported that the former speaker “reflected positively on his relationship with Obama. Although he acknowledged that the two disagree, Boehner said the two get along well.” While it is good to make friends across the aisle, the sharp criticism against a fellow Republican — one of the most insistent and orthodox conservatives in recent memory — contrasted with praise for the putative head of the Democratic Party strikes conservatives the wrong way.

The former House speaker also praised Hillary Clinton, after briefly mocking her sexist campaign. “Oh, I’m a woman, vote for me,” he said, but the crowd reacted negatively. Later, he admitted that he has known Clinton for 25 years and finds her to be very accomplished and smart.

Boehner also added that he thinks Bernie Sanders is a nice guy and the most honest politician in the race, even though he disagrees with the Vermont senator’s positions on nearly all of the issues.

So to sum up, John Boehner, fan of Clinton, fan of Sanders, fan of Obama, fan of Trump, hates Ted Cruz.

What does that tell you? I know what that tells Ted Cruz:

“If you’re wondering who has actually stood up to Washington,” Cruz said, “John Boehner has made it crystal clear” that Donald Trump is not that candidate

As Allahpundit put it, this would have been more useful six months ago which is likely why Boehner kept his mouth shut till now.

Oh Boehner and friends aren’t stopping at hitting Ted Cruz:

The same players who detest Ted Cruz have now recruited a straw man RINO to run against Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK), one of the most intrepid conservatives in the House of Representatives.

and who are they funding to oppose him?

Well, who is Tom Atkinson? He is the quintessential wealthy trans-ideological Republican. He donated to a liberal Democrat, Kathy Taylor, who ran against the Republican mayor of Tulsa. That Republican mayor, Dewey Bartlett, is Tom Atkinson’s own brother-in-law! Atkinson has tapped Shane Saunders, a former aid to John Sullivan, the RINO Bridenstine defeated in 2012. Saunders is known to be close with Boehner as well.

On Atkinson’s campaign website and in his ads, he sells himself as a conservative and not a politician. But how could a conservative donate to a prominent Democrat who funded Emily’s List and held fundraisers for Joe Biden?

So for all the republicans who were outraged over John Boehner who have within a few months of cheering his departure bought into the false attacks on Ted Cruz by the Trump campaign let Ted answer it directly:

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.  

A lot of people have been played this cycle and in the internet age there is no excuse for it.

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