In a article in Vox entitled --
John Boehner just confirmed everything liberals suspected about the Republican Party
-- Ezra Klein has picked up on what Blue Gal (yay!) reported at Crooks & Liars earlier this morning: That John of Orange -- who has safely retired to his summer home at the bottom of a bottle of Bombay gin -- has finally put enough distance between himself and the party he led for the last +20 years to let Lyin' Ted Cruz and the rest of the GOP clown car have it with both barrels:
Boehner's description of Ted Cruz, who Boehner worked with in Congress? “Lucifer in the flesh,” Boehner said, according to the Daily. “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.”
So there's that.
But the money shot from the piece in Vox is not in the first paragraph.
Or the fifth paragraph:
"I love all these knuckleheads talking about the party of Reagan," Boehner continued. "He would be the most moderate Republican elected today."
Or even the thirteenth paragraph:
The op-ed hit like a bomb. Mann and Ornstein were institutionalists with wide respect in both parties — Ornstein, in fact, worked (and still works) for the conservative American Enterprise Institute. For them to call out one party as "the core of the problem" in American governance was to violate all the rules of polite Washington society. Their diagnosis was controversial at the time, to put it lightly.
Instead, the money shot is waaay down in paragraph #16:
In other words, for a critique like this to really have bite, it would need to come from a true, dyed-in-the-wool Republican. Someone whose loyalty to the party couldn't be questioned. Someone who clearly wanted Republicans to succeed and prosper.
In other words, dear Liberals, what we all know about the mainstream media has been validated yet again. Specifically, that it literally does not matter how many mountains of facts or miles of video tape a Liberal can bring to the table to make their case...because they will never be allowed anywhere near the fucking table in the first place. So if you are a Liberal. you can smell the smoke, spot the fire and hit the alarm as much as you want but it doesn't matter if the whole fucking block is going up in flames because no one is going to listen to you. Instead, dear Liberal. your job is to wait patiently -- for decades, if necessary -- while your country falls apart around you for some retired Republican rummy with just the right Conservative credentials to validate what you have been saying all along. Then and only then will he (not you. never you.) be taken Seriously by America's Very Serious People.
Then and only then, will the issues you have been raising for decades be taken up at the Big Kids Table.
But of course that really isn't true either, is it? Because as every apostate Conservative quickly learns, regardless of your credentials and pedigree, the minute you stray one millimeter from today's approved Hate Radio/Fox News party line, the Mighty RINO Hammer of "True Conservatism" will come down on you hear like the wrath of Limbaugh. And you will either be exiled or forced to eventually come crawling back on your hands and knees and beg forgiveness.
You will be amazed at how swiftly John Boehner will be transformed by the Right from respected party elder to old man Gower pan-handling drinks in It's a Wonderful Life:
Fortunaelty, if he plays his cars right, Boehner is also 100% qualified for a lucrative side business with America's Very Serious People writing columns about how awful it is that Both Sides are so very yadda yadda yadda.
Meanwhile, the fire blazes merrily on.