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Boehner: Trump my golfing and texting buddy, Cruz “Lucifer in the Flesh”

Boehner: Trump my golfing and texting buddy, Cruz “Lucifer in the Flesh”

You are being played people. Trump is the insider.

http://youtu.be/pHSWe81f3yw

John Boehner appeared at Stanford University last night.

The appearance is making news.

It’s revealing not just because of Boehner’s vitriolic personal attack on Ted Cruz, but more important, the revelation that Boeher is friends with Donald Trump and they golf and text regularly.

So tell me again how the GOP establishment supports Cruz and how Trump will shake them up and burn them down.

The Stanford Daily reports, John Boehner talks election, time in office:

Much of the discussion – and laughs – focused on Boehner’s views on the current presidential candidates. Segueing into the topic, Kennedy asked Boehner to be frank given that the event was not being broadcasted, and the former Speaker responded in kind. When specifically asked his opinions on Ted Cruz, Boehner made a face, drawing laughter from the crowd.

“Lucifer in the flesh,” the former speaker said. “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.”

Boehner described other Republican candidates as friends. In particular, the former speaker said he has played golf with Donald Trump for years and that they were “texting buddies.”

(added) Boehner also will vote for Trump if he is the nominee, but is #NeverCruz:

Boehner for the most part accepted Trump as the presumptive Republican nominee, though he did express his surprise at the candidate’s success. While he did not praise Trump’s policies, the Speaker did say he would vote for Trump in the general election if he becomes the Republican nominee. The former Speaker said he would not, however, vote for Cruz.

Oh my. You are being played people. Trump is the insider. He’s the guy most cozy with the GOP you hate. And the GOP you hate hates Cruz.

You are playing in Mr. Donald J. Trump’s political casino. You may think you are in control, but the House always wins. Mr. Donald J. Trump is the House.

Sorry if the truth hurts.

UPDATE: This may be one of the reasons Boehner hates Cruz so much (as does Mitch McConnell):

AND

Cruz seems to confirm that the source of tension was conflict over funding Obamacare:

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Comments

Some of us have been pointing this out for quite a while; only to be smeared and lied about by the Trump trolls.
They have much to gain by destroying Cruz.

    Merlin in reply to spartan. | April 28, 2016 at 10:24 am

    Most of the orange idol’s trolls will be kicked to the curb as soon as their use by date has expired. Now would be a good time to invest in drug companies that market anti-depressants. Might as well find a way to benefit when the Trump fans finally come to the realization they’ve been worshipping a false idol.

    Rick in reply to spartan. | April 28, 2016 at 10:45 am

    I have pointed this out to a couple of Trump supporters.
    To this, as well as to the fact that Trump boasts about his business success through bribery history, they both say: Yes, he knows how it all works so when he wins he will be able to change all of that.

Trump has bragged about paying politicians like Hillary so he is the corrupt system and now we find out him and Mr. GOPe Boehner are best Buds and golf together. Trump is another Obama but without the Chi Town Community Organizing experience.

Before the usual suspects come in and start spinning and obfuscating and all their other tactics- this article isn’t for you.

You’re insiders too because at this point after all the mounting evidence against Trump you won’t waver. So you must want more business as usual.

There are plenty of people who don’t post comments that read these things and they will keep an open mind. And as the negative associations and dealings of Trump accumulate-and will only get worse in the general- they won’t be voting for him.

They’ll stay home.

Trump’s the winner. Boehner is jumping on the train before he gets rolled under. Bush had a barbecue with Putin. Don’t read too much into this, everyone is going to be claiming to be his golf buddy soon enough.

    retire05 in reply to forksdad. | April 28, 2016 at 10:33 am

    For four decades Donald Trump was the prime example of everything you have claimed to despise. Now, with a flip of a switch, you think it is everything you need in a savior for this nation. You rail on the GOPe but ignore that Mitch McConnell, one of the biggest GOPers in the nation, was funded in his last campaign by Trump. Trump used the system to his advantage, but now you Trumpeteers, who were apoplectic over those kinds of actions a year ago, excuse it as only “good business.” Boehner, who was so hated by the rank and file, and forced to resign, now shows who is really the “insider” you claim to hate, and yet, you still defend Trump. Beohner didn’t just jump ship; he clearly stated he has played golf with Trump FOR YEARS. Those would be the same years Donald Trump was supporting GOPers and Democrats with his money and giving them the financial ability to stay in power.

    People like you are pathetic as were the Paulbots and the Obamabots. You’re blind to the truth and no amount of truth will make you alter this [false] image you have created in your head when it comes to Trump.

    Trump will never be, and has never been, part of the solution. He has been, and will continue to be, part of the problem.

      forksdad in reply to retire05. | April 28, 2016 at 10:40 am

      Good to know I’m a Trump supporter. I said months and months ago that if the GOPe had simply listened to their base they could have derailed Trump. Instead they smeared them, slandered, ignored and laughed at them while lighting their cigars with the money they snaked out of the base’s pockets.

      Sow the wind.

        retire05 in reply to forksdad. | April 28, 2016 at 11:17 am

        Yeah, you’re a Trumpeter. You’ve made that clear many times. And because you’re “angry at the system” you’ll support the very classic example of what you think is wrong with the “system.”

        Kinda like burning your house down to get rid of the rats.

      malclave in reply to retire05. | April 28, 2016 at 12:06 pm

      Trump will never be, and has never been, part of the solution. He has been, and will continue to be, part of the problem.

      Trump is, if not an insider, who insiders pander to.

    inspectorudy in reply to forksdad. | April 28, 2016 at 10:39 am

    CONGRATULATION! You are the first Trump troll to try and make this look not so bad for Trump. I would be ashamed to ever admit that I knew Boehner personally and I would lie before I would admit that I played golf with him and texted him. Boehner is the ultimate insider. His whole world was keeping the gravy train going for all of the scum in Congress at the expense of the people. And his texting and golfing buddy was the orange chimp, Trump!

      forksdad in reply to inspectorudy. | April 28, 2016 at 10:42 am

      Okay, you’re a liar. Why should we read what you write? For fictional entertainment? There is no truth I would not want known.

        persecutor in reply to forksdad. | April 28, 2016 at 2:43 pm

        I think I’ve finally figured you out. When someone makes a valid anti-TheDonald® point, you immediately jump to a personal attack on the poster, because you have no place to hide from the truth.

        Like the little kid told the King–“you’re naked!”

      MarkSmith in reply to inspectorudy. | April 28, 2016 at 11:56 am

      So the most conservative member of the Senate, Jeff Session, supports Trump and you ignore it, but you take the notorious RINO Bonehead words as creditable, wow! This is about delivering conservative views which I think Trump can with backing of Session. Cruz does not have the support to do it.

        gmac124 in reply to MarkSmith. | April 28, 2016 at 12:24 pm

        Actually the most conservative member of the Senate, Mike Lee, has endorsed Cruz. Sessions is a conservative voice in the Senate on some issues, but no where close to the most conservative.

        Zachary in reply to MarkSmith. | April 28, 2016 at 1:56 pm

        Sessions is all about immigration reform, and apparently wrote Trumps policy proposals on that subject. When he endorsed Trump it gave me pause, and I looked at Trump with a new lens. Unfortunately after that Trump kept saying things that shattered that lens. People make mistakes. Ben Carson, for instance.

          Ragspierre in reply to Zachary. | April 28, 2016 at 2:03 pm

          I’ve closely read the T-rumpian “immigration paper”. This makes me very different than Der Donald, who shows no evidence of ever scanning it.

          I HOPE that Sessions was not its primary author, because it is replete with PC bullshit, calls for BIG GOVERNMENT that do not now exist, and outright outlaw conduct.

          Basically, the T-rumpian “immigration plan” is boob bait for the boobs. Sadly, it has worked far beyond what one would hope.

    “Trump’s the winner.” Listen to yourself. Who comes up with a sentence like that?

MaggotAtBroadAndWall | April 28, 2016 at 10:21 am

I have obtained exclusive footage of the reaction of Trump supporters to this news:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3mxVjB4aqI

    No surprise here. Yes “Trump must now be an insider because Bohner says so” So what is it, is he Democrat? Is he an insider connected to the GOP?

    I will take Jeff Sessions and Newts opinions than anything posted here. I support Session on “Every Issue” I heard him talk on. Session stand on Trade, Immigration and Judges are so on target. I wish he was the one running. That said, Trump is on the mark with NATO.

    I think Cruz would work but I don’t think he can get the votes.

    Cruz and Sessions (R-Ala.) are among the most conservative members of the Senate and have repeatedly and publicly praised each other — especially when it comes to their mutual resistance to comprehensive immigration reform. Both senators vocally opposed the 2013 “Gang of Eight” bill, which would have provided a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants already in the United States. Sessions later gave Cruz effusive praise, saying, “Without the vigorous opposition of Ted Cruz, this bill likely would have passed.”

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2016/01/30/who-is-jeff-sessions-and-why-cant-ted-cruz-stop-talking-about-him-video/

      gmac124 in reply to MarkSmith. | April 29, 2016 at 9:05 am

      “I think Cruz would work but I don’t think he can get the votes.”

      This statement is the reason we have had McCain, Romney, and Dole as republican presidential candidates. Instead of choosing the candidate that most fits our ideals we start looking for someone that we think can win. This line of thinking is a lose/lose proposition.

legalizehazing | April 28, 2016 at 10:27 am

It makes sense. I voted Cruz in AZ. The candidates that were labeled by trump as establishment I know are not. These Tea Party candidates are the products of a revolution I will not give up on.

That being said, I’ll vote for either of them before Hillary. Trump talking about national CCW(LOL NY,CHI,CAL), repeal Obamacare with national HSAs etc. he’s got some good policies. He won’t appoint judges to end the individual right to defense. That’s more than can be said for Hillary that’s been playing to the left. Plus Hillary’s foreign policy has been an abject failure if not utter catastrophe. I don’t agree with him at all on abortion, but again he’s better than Hillary. I also appreciate him making gay/trans a non issue AS IT SHOULD BE. Get it out of the public discussion.

I don’t hate him

Big government wins again this cycle. That’s the fight that matters.

So, WHO is being played here?

We have statements, taken out of context, made by John Boehner. This seems to support the notion that Trump is a Republican insider while Cruz is an outsider, hated and despised by Republican insiders. All well and good. However, if this is simply an opinion of Boehner’s personal feelings toward a specific person, it means nothing, politically. Then of course, there is Biehner’s personal track record, while in office to consider.

But, here are some facts.

Boehner has proven to be the ultimate Republican insider and shill. He spent his entire tenure as Speaker of the House working WITH the Democrats and the establishment Republicans to actively stymie the expressed will of the rank and file Republican membership. He has clearly proven himself to be a full-fledged member of the GOPe.

The GOPe and the Republican leadership is undeniably working to forestall the nomination of Donald Trump. Members of the GOP leadership have come right out and stated this fact. We have seen numerous instances where the Party leadership is actively working against Trump and for anyone opposing him; this includes Cruz.

Then there is the inference that this was a private, candid interchange with a PROFESSIONAL politician which was not for dissemination. And, it just incidentally happens that this interchange is broadcast in a manner which seems to be beneficial to the candidate who is currently being supported by the GOPe, Cruz, and detrimental to the candidate currently being opposed by the GOPe, Trump.

There is no evidence that Boehner would suddenly sever all of his ties with the Republican Party leadership and seem to endorse the candidate which the party leadership is working so hard to eliminate? His apparent opinion on the candidates would seem to fly directly in the face of the wishes of the political organization to which he owes his current life.

In any other circumstance Mr. Boehner’s positions on this issue would be subject to extreme skepticism, given his past. But, the Cruz supporters, having lost the position that Cruz is actually a political outsider, are embracing this as proof positive that Cruz is the outsider and Trump the insider. This is pretty pathetic and really isn’t going to get any traction outside of Cruz supporters.

    Kondor77 in reply to Mac45. | April 28, 2016 at 10:54 am

    And so it begins.

    retire05 in reply to Mac45. | April 28, 2016 at 11:21 am

    And if Boehner has said he had played golf for years with Cruz and that Trump was Lucifer, you would be shouting to the roof tops how that proved Cruz was a GOPe insider.

    Have you no shame?

    Extremely well said Mac45.

    It is amazing to me how otherwise intelligent and rational people can become so deluded in their thinking. Although I leave open the possibility that perhaps some Cruz supporters are not deluded and confused but are willing to post what they know are lies because they think sacrificing their reputation in service of what they believe is the greater good justifies telling the lies about Cruz and Trump in the first place.

    Cruz and Fiorina simultaneously argue that:

    Trump is republican insider
    Trump is a democrat no different from Hillary
    Trump is so different from Hillary and so opposed to the democrat agenda that if he is nominee Democrats will be super motivated to come out and vote against him.

    Then they allege Cruz is not part of establishment.

    But they brag Cruz has more endorsements from GOP politicians which are of course members of the GOP establishment

    Cruz works with GOPe in the GOPe efforts to stop Trump.

    Cruz picks Fiorina for VP who is a pure GOPe open borders, gang of eight loving, job outsourcing, card carrying member of GOPe and former employee of the RNC.

    Then let’s remember who did the GOPe spend 300 million dollars to defeat? It was Trump NOT Cruz. The GOPe fears Trump. They dislike Cruz because he is as Boehner said a miserable son of a bitch. But the GOPe doesn’t fear Cruz. They fear Trump and for good reason . Trump intends to take them all down.

    There is a load of bullcrap being pushed but I’m afraid the Professor with this post is the pusher of same and not just an observer reporting what he sees.

      So many examples…people can readliy understand why Trump U is in the docket on fraud charges: The true “believers” believe a lie.

      Ragspierre in reply to Gary Britt. | April 28, 2016 at 12:00 pm

      “Trump is republican insider
      Trump is a democrat no different from Hillary
      Trump is so different from Hillary and so opposed to the democrat agenda that if he is nominee Democrats will be super motivated to come out and vote against him.”

      These are your latest lame-ass lies, in what you think is cute deception.

      Der Donald is Mr. Establishment. He’s not a Republican OR Deemocrat player. He plays the Establishment.

      Der Donald is a COLLECTIVIST fraud. He’s not in identity with Hellary. He IS a BIG GOVERNMENT, anti-conservative, anti-Constituional lying fraud. He exists on a continuum that does put him at odds with SOME Hellary positions, while still being what he is. As discussed, you can’t put the blade of a knife between his and Bernie’s economics and trade policy.

      Der Donald is LOATHED by LOTS of people, and he will bring out people in opposition to him. They will be of every political persuasion.

      That is the REAL story. Not your “cute” pack of lies.

        Ragspierre in reply to Ragspierre. | April 28, 2016 at 12:23 pm

        Yes, T-rump, the Collectivist fraud with New York City values, as predicted ran the boards in Collectivist Blue States in the NE.

        Duh.

        Not one of those states would vote Der Donald in the general.

        Also DUH.

      And yet despite your lies Trump is kicking Cruz’s arse all over the country.

      Trump has super schlonged Cruz in the last 6 primaries in a row.

        There it is again, Britt gets a tingle down his leg thinking about Trump’s “schlong.”

        The Trumpaloos are EXACTLY the same as Obama sycophants, they just have a different God they worship. They’re all on their knees bowing to the Big Government collective. “Give me MY dictator and all will be well” they say.

        Pathetic.

          MarkSmith in reply to Paul. | April 28, 2016 at 1:06 pm

          Actually Paul, I think you are the one having the love fest for Cruz. Britt is right, Cruz is getting his butt kicked.

          “Donald Trump will likely wind up winning the most primary votes of any GOP presidential candidate in modern history, the author of the influential Smart Politics blog told The Post on Wednesday.” New York Post hat tip Drudge.

          Glad Ragspierre is pointing out that Trump is establishment. I wonder where Cruz’s Goldman Sachs wife fits in the picture.

          Cut out the crap about Trump and tell me how Cruz is going to win? I don’t see it. You can’t. Without a contested election, he is lost. He looks so fake. Now he is against TPP. Now he has found God. How he found a failed CEO as his running mate. Shoot, he would have had better luck choosing Sarah Palin. I really wish we had a true conservative running, but we don’t. GOP screwed up again and let the revolt for a new party be born. I think I found LI though the Treehouse. How come they don’t agree with you?

          Ragspierre in reply to Paul. | April 28, 2016 at 1:16 pm

          Ah, many things become clear. You are a “Conservative Tree Slough” guy!.

          “Glad Ragspierre is pointing out that Trump is establishment. I wonder where Cruz’s Goldman Sachs wife fits in the picture.”

          Well, UNLESS you have proof otherwise, she’s an employee of a bank with a branch in Houston, Texas. No more or less than that. Nothing boogeyman man about that.

          SHE is a true conservative, LIKE Cruz IS. Both are brilliant people who LOVE the Constitution, unlike T-rump who hates it, has no understanding of what it stands for, and no intent to live OR govern according to it.

          gmac124 in reply to Paul. | April 29, 2016 at 10:31 am

          “Cut out the crap about Trump and tell me how Cruz is going to win? I don’t see it. You can’t. Without a contested election, he is lost.”

          Basing the primary on who we think can win has netted us Dole, McCain, and Romney. Do you want to add Trump to that list? I would rather select a candidate based on principles myself. At least than if they lose I know I tried to make a change. Trump is a change also, but he is a change to the uni party elite not the grassroots. So who do you support? The Tea Party or the Uni Party?

        Ragspierre in reply to Gary Britt. | April 28, 2016 at 12:37 pm

        Sorry, Paul, I down-voted you accidentally.

        Kondor77 in reply to Gary Britt. | April 28, 2016 at 1:14 pm

        Schlonged in states that will go to whoever is running against Trump in a general election.

    Zachary in reply to Mac45. | April 28, 2016 at 1:59 pm

    There’s a growing list of people I just scroll right by on this site, and you’re on it. You add nothing to the discussion. Nothing but a rest of them know who they are.

    I highly recommend the practice of just scrolling on by. The world will be the same, and no time and effort is wasted.

    Don’t feed ’em.

And somehow Cruz is better? A man who took money from Wall Street, yet publicly said he didn’t? A man who claims to be an outsider yet is very clearly working with the GOP establishment to “win” delegates?

I liked this website more when it didn’t go full-Cruz. I appreciated it when they pointed out the ridiculousness with everything. Yet every time Cruz says or does something just plain stupid, this site stays silent.

    Kondor77 in reply to Mr. Izz. | April 28, 2016 at 11:01 am

    This blog (and thankfully) most of the regular commenters are actual conservatives. Believe in the principles that separate us from the left. Donnie is just a big of a threat as Hillary to these principles and the future of our country.

    Cruz wasn’t my #1 to start with. And he has his problems, just like every-other-single-candidate-in-history. But he’s the only one left that has a conservative bone in his body.

    “Yet every time Cruz says or does something just plain stupid, this site stays silent.”

    If Cruz ever said something stupid or utterly inconsistent with conservatism, I have no doubt this site would present it and question it. From my perspective this site seeks to present topics consistent with conservatism. Trump is not a conservative by any stretch of his rhetoric.

    Plus, there are swarms of Trumpophiles who would post something in the FORUM. Whining comments don’t count.

    retire05 in reply to Mr. Izz. | April 28, 2016 at 11:23 am

    Have you never taken a home equity loan or borrowed, short term, against a car, land, your power tools?

    It is clear you never took Economics 101.

    Merlin in reply to Mr. Izz. | April 28, 2016 at 11:44 am

    Being anti-Trump doesn’t necessarily make you pro-Cruz. What I might find unlikeable or undesirable about Cruz, Christy, Jeb!, or Rubio in no way mitigates what is wrong with Donald Trump. Donald Trump IS what the GOPe club members aspire to be. Those wankers all belong to the same club. They’re just arguing about who drives the cart and who tees off first.

    Trump is not going to harm his own kind. Whatever Ted Cruz is or isn’t in no way changes my belief that Donald Trump couldn’t find Main Street, USA with a map and a scouting party.

    inspectorudy in reply to Mr. Izz. | April 28, 2016 at 1:13 pm

    You are a liar! Cruz did not “Take” money from Wall Street, he got a loan against his entire life savings of stock. Why is that so hard to understand? He also didn’t lie about it but referenced it on his state run for the Senate but by accident left it off of his presidential run. I do not understand why anyone would have to list their own money anyway since it was a loan covered by collateral. Trump uses his own money and no one seems to be concerned about it.

    genes in reply to Mr. Izz. | April 28, 2016 at 11:15 pm

    Trump owes a minimum of $250 million to Wall Street, another $167 mill to Soros. His “self funded” campaign was LOANED money from Trump and is paying it back from the DONATIONS.

Talk about “smoke-filled rooms”! Sheeesh!

We are being played?

Because Boehner seems to have an intense dislike for Cruz personally, but gets along with almost everyone, including Trump?

This analysis is VERY weak tea. Not to mention that one should be skeptical of such certainty.

Just saw Carly bragging about all the Washington politicians that have endorsed Cruz compared to Trump. Does that make Cruz an insider?

Makes one wonder who is really being played.

    So which lie are you going with…???

    Cruz is unlikable?

    Or Cruz is endorsed by the likes of Mike Lee, Rick Perry, and Mark Levin?

      Fiorina that said it this morning, trying to show that he has more support among members of Congress than Trump. Go talk to her.

      And that does not include the support of Romney and Bush, among others, not to mention his stealth insider background.

      Kind of reminds me of this about Obama from 2007:

      “Obama’s K Street project”

      http://thehill.com/homenews/news/11487-obamas-k-street-project

      And if you think Cruz is likable, more power to you.

      “Cruz’s presidential campaign is embarking on a concerted effort to highlight a more affable version of the fiery Texas Republican. He’s started working the late night talk show circuit, a new forum for the senator, and his wife, Heidi, has also been appearing more often on national TV to present him as a likable figure.”

      http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2016/04/22/ted_cruz_likable_guy_hes_working_on_that_130367.html

      Seems even Cruz recognizes this deficit.

      Finally, it should be pointed out that you have a visceral hatred of Trump and constantly denigrate those who dare voice any support for him.

      In other words, why should anyone trust what you have to say on the matter?

      So again, for all who confidently claim only others are being played, perhaps the shoe fits for you?

        Ragspierre in reply to oldschooltwentysix. | April 28, 2016 at 1:50 pm

        “Fiorina that said it this morning, trying to show that he has more support among members of Congress than Trump. Go talk to her.”

        Never need to. She’s stating a true fact. Is this news to you?

        Ever hear of “the narrative”?

        T-rump and his slavering, slavish, slobbering sycophants here have been chanting for months that Cruz is “unlikable”.

        It’s bullshit, of course, but it has been established as a “narrative”.

        One of the MOST broke-dick terms in this election cycle is “the Establishment”. Nobody defines that term.

        So you can use it to tar anyone in Congress, while LUUUUUURVING some Senator Sessions…who would ALSO be an “Establishment” guy by some people’s use of the term merely because he’s a “career politician”. Which he absolutely IS.

          I never said “Establishment” or Jeff Sessions, so don’t know what you are talking about. However, it seems that the Cruz supporters are more prone to label Trump that way.

          Notice that I call them supporters. Don’t need to stoop to the level of demeaning people, even if I disagree with them. Perhaps you might heed that practice.

          The fact is that Cruz was an insider, and only became an outsider because he was rejected during his first life in Washington because even then he was disliked. Perhaps his conversion was opportunism? We see now that he has latched on the people like Romney and Bush, and the PACs that assist him are clearly of the crowd that has held the inside power. That is beyond dispute!

          The “narrative” that Cruz is unlikable is not limited to Trump supporters. I showed that even the Cruz campaign acknowledges this. It did not come from nowhere, but goes back to when he was part of the Bush Administration.

          “Cruz’s colleagues in the Senate have routinely described the junior senator from Texas as being condescending, combative, and pretty much the all-around worst. People who knew him from high school and his undergraduate days at Princeton have given similar impressions.

          “Everybody who knows him in the Senate hates him,” conservative commentator Charles Krauthammer remarked on Thursday. “And I think hate is not an exaggeration.””

          https://news.vice.com/article/ted-cruzs-biggest-challenge-to-know-him-is-to-hate-him

          Krauthammer is not a Trump sycophant, by the way.

          Come to think of it, Obama has much the same problem, but he was able to hoodwink people by acting likable, something Cruz will never be able to do.

          http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/19/us/aloof-obama-is-frustrating-his-own-party.html

          https://news.vice.com/article/ted-cruzs-biggest-challenge-to-know-him-is-to-hate-him

          Even Fiorina comes off as more likable, which is not saying much.

          MarkSmith in reply to Ragspierre. | April 28, 2016 at 11:31 pm

          oldschooltwentysix, I think you get my point. Instead of focusing on why Cruz is not getting the traction he should here, I just hear whining about Trump. I point that out and get called names, which just shows the high level of intellect in play.

          I have no doubt of Cruz’s position on conservative policy, but I don’t think he can carry the water. Everyone seems to be looking at the man instead of the electorate.

          Listening to Levine ramble on and blame the media and Fox instead of a candidate that can express himself to inspire people, it lacks that positive spin that is needed to win.

          True conservative people like Rumsfeld, Chaney and Baker are people that could influence. I don’t see Cruz at that level of influence. I think the GOP is just using him to get Trump out of the race and they could careless about him.

Charles Koch of the “Koch Brothers” is a member of one of his Clubs. What does that mean? Rush Limbaugh and Trump’s aircraft are on the same Tarmac at times and they play the same tournaments at times. What does that mean?
How do you know the content of the Text messages were not “FU Assxxxx ?

Get a grip! Can we agree here we have a common objective?

    tom swift in reply to Walter. | April 28, 2016 at 12:21 pm

    But what is the common objective?

    Some people think it’s to preserve the Republican party, whether or not the Party as it currently exists is worth preserving.

    Some think it’s to put a True Conservative in the White House, and if there’s no True Conservative running, then they’ll settle for a Fake Conservative.

    And some think the best candidate will be one with the courage, motivation and willpower to at least talk about the most important issues facing the country. To these voters, whether or not he’s a True Republican or a True Conservative isn’t terribly important.

    So … for different voters, at least three different—and, it seems, incompatible—goals to accomplish in a Presidential election. All of which makes for a great deal of noise.

      Walter in reply to tom swift. | April 28, 2016 at 12:44 pm

      Good post! You are correct a lot of the noise is because we have mixed objectives. That has been the Republican Party problem all along in my opinion. While the Democrats have only one objective which is to “win” allowing their diverse identity groups to at least have a shot at prevailing with legislation.

      The objective I was referring to is defeating the Democrats with the over riding goal of preventing the loss of the Supreme Court to liberalism and socialism probably forever.

      We really do need to step back and consider who can win and stop the “purity test” that is going on here and elsewhere.

      It’s all about winning and at this point ..at all costs!

      gmac124 in reply to tom swift. | April 28, 2016 at 1:29 pm

      “Some people think it’s to preserve the Republican party, whether or not the Party as it currently exists is worth preserving.

      Some think it’s to put a True Conservative in the White House, and if there’s no True Conservative running, then they’ll settle for a Fake Conservative.”

      The other side of the noise that you are missing is perceived effects. One poster here is only supporting Trump because he believes that he will “blow up the Republican party”. Personally I believe that if Trump was elected he would not only keep the gravy train running he would try to make it bigger. By the way that was the entire point of the post by prof Jacobson, Trump is the establishment and will further the establishment goals. Your other points while valid are ancillary to the main point.

        Walter in reply to gmac124. | April 28, 2016 at 3:21 pm

        I too want to “blow up the party” but without the collateral damage of losing the election. At this point I am of the mind that Cruz will blow up the party and lose the election to Clinton. Maybe if we could come to agreement on what the “establishment” is for purposes of these discussions we could agree that maybe Trump is “establishment lite” which may not be a bad thing if being “lite” means, take down “K” street, liberal media, and the ‘consultant” class. Texting John Boehner may mean “keep your enemies close”, I guess it depends on your point of view.

          gmac124 in reply to Walter. | April 28, 2016 at 10:59 pm

          Trump is all about collateral damage. He will not only lose the election in November, he will destroy all of the work that the Tea Party has done. What you will end up with is the establishment uni party. The Tea Party people will walk and form a new party with maybe the libertarians while the establishment just joins their good buddies the Democrats. With Hillary and a congress that will follow her lead the country will be set back at least 20 years, if it ever recovers, and we will be left holding the bag. While Cruz is not a guaranteed victory in November I think he at least keeps the party together and we maintain control of congress. Continuing to change the party internally as the Tea Party started and holding elected officials accountable is the only way to make lasting positive changes.

Oh wait! Tell me once again, who is running for president and is NOT “THE” insider? Maybe Hillary, or Burnie? No? Well what about all the others? No? My Gosh! What is going on! (some folks call this politics) I was hoping for an Immaculate Conception, you know – good old ‘Hope and Change’.

We all know, or should know, that Ted Cruz raised much impotent hell in the Senate, said some vitriolic things about the GOP leadership, and has drawn replies in kind.

Boehner’s on my list, for being the jerk that bought into the Democratic Party’s mischaracterization of the TEA Parties. Shame on him.

Donald Trump is a businessman, and he has cozied up to politicians on both sides of the aisle, because these people have power over his business activities.

Successful businesses tend to donate to both parties. I used to work for a Fortune 100 business that had been involved in the Iran Contra scandal (the owner thought he was helping the US government). Later, due to the election laws, they would solicit “voluntary” contributions from the employees. They would circulate a list of the donations made, which included members of both parties, mostly at the national level. Their published rationale was that, although these donations could not secure any tangible benefit to the company, they would not be allowed to talk to these people absent some kind of donation.

Businesses that do not donate to the satisfaction of a party in power can get abused. The Gibson Guitar case is a fairly clear example. http://humanevents.com/2014/05/30/the-true-villains-behind-the-gibson-guitar-raid-are-revealed/

Nobody is looking good to me, right now. But I know for a fact that Hillary Clinton has no more concern for the lives of those who serve our country than Obama, and Bernie is a socialist that will have no better idea how to manage our Federal government than Obama.

Grow up people. Who cares what Bonehead thinks! Keep our eye on the ball.

Watch this video instead of some stupid video of LaLaLa.

Video: Jeff Sessions Warns That Obama Could Shove Unpopular Free Trade Deal Though Congress

“It’s arrogant,” Sessions said. “The president has made clear he intends to continue to push though this 5,544-page trade agreement that the American people don’t want. Polls show consistent disapproval of the TPP.”

http://www.breitbart.com/2016-presidential-race/2016/04/25/jeff-sessions-warns-obama-congress-ramming-unpopular-trans-pacific-partnership-trade-deal/

In a key Senate vote to advance President Barack Obama’s trade agenda, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, cast an unexpected vote that indicates he may have backtracked on fast-track.

http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2015/jul/08/ted-cruz/ted-cruz-changed-position-trade-promotion-authorit/

Boehner says Cruz is Lucifer in tbe flesh.

Sounds to me like Boehner has looked into Cruz’s faux Christian cult of dominionism, and now expresses an informed opinion.

The drunk coward squeaks again.

Anything coming from that corrupt clown’s mouth is not worth the carbon dioxide expelled along with it.

You have the love the smell of flop sweat and desperation in the morning.

It smells like Victory!

So one insider has a liking for another insider? This is news? Perhaps to the Trump supporters, as logic and details don’t appear to be part of their equation in supporting the Democrat pushed by Bill Clinton into the Republican primary system. The Ultimate Insider at work, DJT!

Trooper York | April 28, 2016 at 1:13 pm

I predict that after Trump wins Indiana that Cruz will concede and try to deal for the VP slot in return for an endorsement. Trump will counter with a promise of a Court appointment.

Since Senator Cruz has always done whatever best serves his ambition he will agree. He will drop out and endorse Trump before the convention.

Trooper York | April 28, 2016 at 1:57 pm

Hey I hear that Senator Cruz is going to make a big announcement.

He wants to announce what color he wants the drapes to be in the Oval office after he is sworn in. No sense in waiting around.

OK. Boehner says Cruz is “Lucifer in the flesh.”

So be it.

#Lucifer2016!

MaggotAtBroadAndWall | April 28, 2016 at 2:17 pm

Thanks for adding the video. That sums it up. The good, honest, decent man, makes enemies and gets dishonestly smeared for trying to stop the corruption.

Just like when the ex-Republican Senators and multi-millionaire lobbyists Bob Dole and Trent Lott came out against Cruz. They are afraid he might hurt their business that depends on selling their influence to Congress to pervert the tax code to benefit their corporate clients. And when Cruz came out against government coerced ethanol mandates, Trump tried to buy Iowa votes by saying he wanted to expand them and corrupt the system even more. So of course the Republican Governor of Iowa told Iowans not to vote for Cruz.

They’re all crooks. Now it looks like Republicans want to send to Washington one of the biggest bi-partisan buyers of Congress of the past 40 years.

It’s surreal.

Trooper York | April 28, 2016 at 2:34 pm

I think that is what Cruz wants to do in service of his ambition. Trump doesn’t have to take him up on it unless it helps him win the election. Cruz is going to do the same thing that Megyn Kelly did. We already know what they are. They are just haggling about the price.

I’ll say it again. We have a choice between two good candidates,either of whom will make a huge improvement over the last 7.5 years.

The petty sniping and bombast laden exchange of insults that now passes for LI may be entertaining to some but lacks substance and value. That may be the biggest loser in this primary season.

The only ones being played are those who think stopping Cruz or Trump is more important than beating Clinton. Or are delusional enough to think that only their candidate can do it.

So..if Trump plays golf w/ a politician..he’s an insider? If he plays golf w/ a football player does that make him a running back? Whoever wrote this article is clearly in love w/ Cruz..fine. But don’t make such juvenile comparisons that make you look like another media nincompoop! By now..we All Know everything there is to know about Trump. We don’t care! Get over it! Root for your guy all you want but don’t tear down our guy in the process. That NeverTrump “movement”..yea..not working out too well..what a debacle! Anything Trump does as president will be better than what we’ve had for past 40yrs. I would vote for Trump over Hillary any day! Last thing we need is Bill getting more “presidential services” in the Oval Office. Cruz..I use to like Cruz. He’s my senator here. Followed his career. But after seeing his true colors throughout his campaign…not so much anymore. I do admire his tactical maneuvers..gotta give him that. I’ve said from beginning of this that Cruz & Trump were playing Wizards Chess while everyone else was playing checkers. Both of them excellent on the tactics. Love it. I love when someone uses their brain, experience & skills to win..anybody can cheat, lie & steal. I think w/ all the underhandedness that Cruz has done..starting w/ the Ben Carson incident..he has made himself look like a used car salesman who sells snake oil on the side. His brilliance started to diminish..in my opinion..& then it just continued w/ more sleezeball moves.

    inspectorudy in reply to mythreeboys. | April 29, 2016 at 12:41 am

    “By now, we know all there is to know about Trump”. Are you insane? The msm has been waiting for him to get the nomination and then they will reveal what they have dug up. As horrible as hillary’s life has been, it has been pretty well exposed. But Trump’s, just you wait ‘enry ‘iggins. You ain’t seen nothing yet. Remember all the people who were burned in Trump’s 4 bankruptcies? Well, you can bet they will make it onto the talk show circuit. All the little people he has bulldozed will be there too. Maybe even Marla will show up and talk about his shoe fetish. He has said he screwed around his wives so those women will probably show up too. Trump U students that were screwed and the Trump mortgage company that left people hanging. He has made a lot of enemies that will come forward once the nomination is over.

The Livewire | April 28, 2016 at 3:29 pm

Ah, I love the spinning of the Trump cheerleading squad…

Lyin’ Ted Cruz at it again. Claims he has only met Boehner a couple of times and has barely spoken to him.

BUT in the 1990s Cruz WAS BOEHNER’S LAWYER. Cruz even gave several news interviews where he was identified on TV as Cruz’s lawyer.

This guy Cruz couldn’t tell the truth if his life depended on it.

    I heard that Britt writes the curriculum for Trump U’s “How to Succeed at Fraud without Really Trying” class.

    wyntre in reply to Gary Britt. | April 28, 2016 at 4:52 pm

    Meanwhile, remember that Cruz-Kasich Alliance?

    Cruz is now saying there is no such thing (despite sending out a press release announcing it) and Kasich is calling Cruz a liar while Carly is demanding John drop out.
    More popcorn.

    Cruz denies Kasich alliance; Kasich camp “I can’t stand liars”

    http://newsninja2012.com/cruz-denies-kasich-alliance-kasich-camp-i-cant-stand-liars/

      Ragspierre in reply to wyntre. | April 28, 2016 at 5:41 pm

      Another T-rumpMedia cartoon blog.

      Cruz must carry around a card that he gives to anyone thinking of making a deal or contract with him. It must read:

      “I’m a pure conservative and a lawyer. I believe in pure free markets and no government controls over contracts between parties.

      LET THE BUYER BEWARE

      Ted Cruz
      Attorney At Law”

      On the back of the card he would have the name and phone number of a knife removal service he recommends.

        Ragspierre in reply to Gary Britt. | April 28, 2016 at 6:06 pm

        “I’m a pure conservative and a lawyer. I believe in pure free markets and no government controls over contracts between parties.”

        Wow. What a pure lying SOS and idiot. Just when I think you’ve hit maximum gonzo, you break through the barrier.

      amwick in reply to wyntre. | April 28, 2016 at 9:20 pm

      I am sure that whole Cruz-Kasich alliance was a misunderstanding, blown way out of proportion by the media. Or not.

      inspectorudy in reply to wyntre. | April 29, 2016 at 12:47 am

      I read your link and was surprised that the author spoke English. What a petty little website! Just read the comments to really get a good view of the people who would even go there. You must feel at home with that unintelligent scum huh?

    Ragspierre in reply to Gary Britt. | April 28, 2016 at 5:45 pm

    You went ALL CAPS, again, you lying SOS.

    Ever have a client you never met in person? I have. We didn’t spend a lot of time on the CEO’s part of the case even on the phone, either. He was not really a player.

    Poor old ALL CAPS shouting thang…

    spartan in reply to Gary Britt. | April 29, 2016 at 7:35 am

    Do you make this stuff up on your own or do you have help?
    I am guessing that you have help. After all, you need it.

    Your last post was as phony as you, Phony Gary.

Professor: I used to love reading LI, loved it! Now…the vitriol and obsession over Trump has made this once “slice of decency” unpalatable to me. I supported Ben Carson with time and money, but he didn’t make it. The objective to me is to get a Republican in the WH, Cruz ‘ain’t’ gonna make it, Trump will. So you have a stark choice, if you cannot fathom that we need to stand united then you become part of the problem. For the record I’m no Trump fan, never have been, never will be, but I’ll sure as heck vote for him come November. The alternative is unthinkable.

    amwick in reply to mlj8955. | April 28, 2016 at 6:32 pm

    You sound just like my friend and neighbor who was also a Carson supporter. Her husband is a Democrat and we do not discuss politics. If the topic almost arises he usually just says something like “when pigs fly.” This is an election with a whole lot of flying pigs.

    conservative tarheel in reply to mlj8955. | April 28, 2016 at 11:04 pm

    I really do not think Trump can beat Hillary.
    I really do not trust Trump.
    and I will vote accordingly …

I am used to reading comments on this site that are measured, thoughtful, witty and pithy at times. Raw emotion seems to be the theme of the day now. What has happened to all of those wonderful analytical minds? Cruz! Trump! Lawyers are pretty good at analyzing circumstances, the word pragmatism comes to mind. For some reason that pragmatism or the other characteristics of which I speak seem to have gotten lost in the heat of raw emotion. While the white hot fire of emotion runs rampant, the fiery flame of balanced thought and measured thinking is being tamped out. I am saddened…

    holdingmynose in reply to prtomr. | April 29, 2016 at 6:01 am

    I haven’t seen a lot of “balanced thought and measured thinking” coming from this blog’s staff when it comes to Trump. They seem to be in the throes of TDS. Any wonder then that commenters react the way they do?

      Commenters who can’t bear to hear anything but all Trump cheerleading, all the time, would probably do better at TCTH, Breitbart or Gateway Pundit, among other “all-in” Trump blogs.

      This is not a “safe space” for cultists who can’t handle any criticism of their Lightbringer.

      To blame the Trump-skepticism of the various authors of this blog for your own team’s poor behavior seems kind of petulant and childish. Grow up.

The Problem With Ted Cruz

Even when he says things you agree with, Cruz sounds and looks like the oiliest money-grubbing television evangelist. He invokes Almighty God and Jesus Christ at every campaign event. He talks about praying for this and praying for that and then undulates about “God’s will.”

He turns his face to heaven and splays his arms back as if willing to be crucified for his political convictions. He tightens his fists and brings them to his chin as if in prayer.

After imploring and haranguing and intoning, Cruz drops into a prayerful whisper, the way preachers do when they are winding up their sermons. Except Lyin’ Ted never seems to get to the end of his sermons. He just goes on and on and on. For eternity, one might say.

One of his most famous surrogates, Glenn Beck, actually invoked divine intervention in the untimely death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. As an altar-call to vote for Cruz.

All this desperate sermonizing, as if God is sitting on his golden throne in the clouds looking down at His errant creation with all man’s problems and for some reason is rooting for Cruz to win the Republican nomination for president of the United States of America.

“I will get that Donald Trump. Finally!” God grumbles, clinching his giant Michelangelo fist.

“Two Corinthians,” He scoffs under his divine breath. “‘The Art of the Deal’ is not even a close second!”

http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/presidential-campaign/278112-the-problem-with-ted-cruz

    Ragspierre in reply to Gary Britt. | April 29, 2016 at 9:51 am

    In addition to being an inane hit-piece by a T-rump sucking hack, you’ve been asked not to import mass content and slime this blog with it.

    Ragspierre in reply to Gary Britt. | April 29, 2016 at 10:33 am

    “He invokes Almighty God and Jesus Christ at every campaign event.”

    That’s a lie, and you republished another lie, liar.

    T-rump suckers are simply pitiful people.

At a rally Thursday night in Orange County, CA, Donald Trump was joined on stage by Jamiel Shaw, whose son was murdered by an illegal alien in 2008, and other members of the Remeberence Project.

“They’re unbelievable, they’ve suffered,” Trump said before bringing them up on the stage. “These are great people.”

“We demand Americans first,” Shaw said. “We don’t care about illegal aliens.” The person who murdered his son was an “illegal alien on his third gun charge.”

“They all have a very similar story to tell,” Trump said. “People that shouldn’t have been here, people that should have never been allowed to come over the border and they come here like its nothing, they walk through it like its nothing,” he said as the crowd chanted “build a wall.”

“We’re going to stop it and we’re going to build a wall.”

    Ragspierre in reply to Gary Britt. | April 29, 2016 at 10:37 am

    Boob bait for the boobs. Der Donald will tell you anything to close a sale.

    He’s a stinking, lying Collectivist fraud.

      Referring to parents who have had their children murdered by illegal aliens and mocking their loss and tremendous pain by calling them Boobs and boob bait is typical slime from Cruz and his unfeeling followers. This is how Cruz and Fiorina can outsource peoples jobs and bring in masses of foreign workers to take usa workers jobs and do it with a big smile on their faces. They are unfeeling robots with dark hearts.

        Ragspierre in reply to Gary Britt. | April 29, 2016 at 11:20 am

        Serious question, Britt…

        When jurors laughed in your face when you attempted something as weak as that last crap, did you learn nothing from them?

Ryan Struyk

‎@ryanstruyk

Brand new @ABC count updated after our team called every unbound delegate:

Trump 996
Cruz 568
Rubio 167
Kasich 154
Uncommitted 58
Other 16
4:24 PM – 28 Apr 2016

Trump only needs 43% of remaining delegates to lock up nomination. If Trump wins Indiana he will need less than 37% of remaining delegates to lock nomination before convention.

In 2008 McCain won California by 7.5% and as a result he took 158 delegates. Current polls in California have Trump ahead by over 20%.

Congressional endorsements for Trump are now at 16 with more expected before Indiana vote.

While Donald Trump’s passionate support base – and has-been political insiders like Mike Huckabee, Newt Gingrich, and Chris Christie — insist that Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) is an establishment cuck in thrall to the elites, the evidence shows precisely the opposite: Trump is a political insider who will cut awful deals with Democrats and provide establishment Republicans with a four-year back rub. All the insiders know it. And they’re laughing openly at the rubes who buy their “Cruz is the establishment” brand of bull.

Here are five pieces of evidence from the last 24 hours:
http://www.dailywire.com/news/5317/5-signs-donald-trump-establishmentfrom-last-24-ben-shapiro#pq=RomwVb

See if you can name them, then read the whole thing.

There are news reports out this morning that Indiana Governor Mike Pence may endorse Cruz.

    I’d rather listen to a Ragspierre radio show than a Mark Levin screaming ninny broadcast.

    Mike Lee had the desperation of a drowning man in his voice. Levin always sounds like a rabid dog just before it is put down.

    Ragspierre in reply to Ragspierre. | April 29, 2016 at 12:43 pm

    As always, I invite people to listen for themselves.

    See if you recognize anything LIKE the lies that Gaghdad Bob relates.

buckeyeminuteman | April 29, 2016 at 12:46 pm

I used to like Boehner as the Minority Leader. As the Speaker, he disgusted me. During the 2014 election I voted for the Democrat, whoever he was. I just couldn’t being myself to vote for that Orange-faced Appeaser.

I find it strange that anybody would pay a disgraced former Speaker to voice his opinion.

Why does John Boehner, a republican, hate another republican so much, so personal, without any human decency? What crimes has Ted Cruz committed to John Boehner and his family personally to deserve such harsh words?

Why do people immediately hate Cruz when they meet him…….saves time.

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