Do you think that Ted Cruz is the establishment Republican candidate? Think again. Former House Speaker John Boehner, known for being very outspoken, referred to Ted Cruz yesterday as “Lucifer in the flesh” and then added “I’ve never worked with a more miserable son-of-a-bitch in my life.” John Boehner is anything but subtle.
Boehner may be more outspoken than other Republican politicians, but he is not alone in his views. Most people who know Ted Cruz despise him. The only reason that some establishment Republicans claim to want Cruz as their nominee is because the prospect of a Trump nomination is even more frightening. They’re publicly choosing the lesser of two evils while privately hoping that Hillary Clinton is the next president.
Yesterday Ted Cruz named Carly Fiorina as his running mate. Why she accepted is a mystery. Why does she want to tie herself to a loser? On the other hand, Carly Fiorina showed poor judgement while running Hewlett-Packard into the ground, so there is probably unrealistic to expect that she would acquire good judgement after being kicked out of her previous job. Losers of a feather flock together.
Speaking of Donald Trump, another Republican campaign news item yesterday was that he gave his first “real” speech. Well, at least it was purported to be a real speech, but it fell far short of its advance hype. It had more in common with his normal idiotic rambling than it did with any sort of organized elocution.
Usually, Donald Trump stands at the podium at his campaign rallies and spouts off whatever stupidity pops into his head. However, yesterday he read the speech from a Teleprompter. The speech was supposedly developed with the aid of his new foreign-policy advisers and was billed as giving a thoughtful view of the US relations with other countries. However, when Trump delivered the speech, it showed an appalling lack of knowledge of foreign policy. For example, Donald Trump didn’t name a single European country, although he did mention that our NATO allies should be paying more for their own defense. (He did get that point right.) The speech was rambling, disconnected, devoid of details, and full of falsehoods, just like his normal off-the-cuff remarks.
European leaders are understandably alarmed at the prospect of a Trump presidency with one notable exception. Donald Trump and Russia’s autocratic Vladamir Putin are engaged in mutual admiration. It’s obvious why Vladamir Putin supports Donald Trump. He believes that a weakened and less-influential USA under Trump would increase Russia’s relative influence in the world. Russia would step in to fill the power vacuum created by an erratic Trump presidency. Why Donald Trump kisses up to Vladamir Putin is more of a mystery, but then almost none of Donald Trump’s views make sense.
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Update: Since I wrote the post his morning (April 28), I’ve heard several newscasts quote Boehner. A regular National Public Radio newscast cleaned up Boehner’s words to have him calling Ted Cruz “a miserable person.” However, an in-depth discussion on the same radio network retained the original language “a miserable son-of-a-bitch.”