Yesterday, outgoing Weeper of the House, John Boehner, went on CBS’ “Face the Nation” to discuss his resignation and of course, to place blame. Mostly on his fellow Republicans. At times bombastic and at others lachrymose, the overly-tear-prone Republican from Ohio managed to cry and blubber his way through yet another on-camera cry fest which marked the Speaker’s week. He was caught on camera crying over, behind and around Pope Francis all week long.
Determined to blame his demise on the conservative wing of his party rather than on his failures to fulfill the mandate handed him by the American people via a historic election last November, Boehner used the national platform of “Face the Nation” yesterday to invoke the bible in calling conservative Republicans “false prophets,” as reported by the Daily Mail.
“The Bible says beware of false prophets. Now there are people out there, you know, spreading noise about how much can get done…But over the course of the August recess in 2013 and the course of September a lot of my Republican colleagues who knew it was a fool’s errand, they were getting all this pressure from home to do this, we have groups here in town – members of the House and Senate here in town – who whipped people into a frenzy believing they can accomplish things that they know, they know, are never going to happen.”
He also ran down a laundry list of his “accomplishments,” all of which he claimed were opposed by “my most conservative members” because “they weren’t good enough.” The interviewer asked the speaker if Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) was one of those false prophets. “I’ll refer you to my remark at a fundraiser I made in August in Steamboat Springs, Colorado,” he said. In that event, he called Cruz a “jackass.”
CNN Money has reported on how “Face the Nation” landed the interview. According to its report, just minutes after announcing his resignation, the Speaker’s office put in a call to the show’s producers.
“Earlier in the week, Boehner had agreed to do a taped interview on Friday about Pope Francis’ visit to Washington, the possibility of a government shutdown and other news of the week, CBS sources said. Boehner couldn’t do it live on Sunday because, like so many lawmakers, he intended to leave the District for the weekend.
Then, Boehner announced his resignation. Shortly after, around 9:30 a.m., his office called “Face” and informed them that the speaker’s schedule had changed and he would be available for a live, in-studio interview with host John Dickerson on Sunday.”
Seems Mr. Speaker just couldn’t wait to get in front of a camera and start sticking it to conservative Republicans and pointing a finger of blame. Well, Mr. Speaker, whenever you point a finger there are three coming right back at you.
[Note: This article was written by Derrick Wilburn]