Actually, you can add this to the #ShockingNotShocking file.
Former House Speaker John Boehner Wednesday endorsed current House Speaker Paul Ryan to be the Republican presidential nominee.
At the Republican convention, “anybody can be nominated,” Boehner said at a conference in Boca Raton, Fla.
“If we don’t have a nominee who can win on the first ballot, I’m for none of the above,” Boehner said. “They all had a chance to win. None of them won. So I’m for none of the above. I’m for Paul Ryan to be our nominee.”
Over the last few months, Boehner has privately said that he thought Ryan would be a good candidate to heal a fractured party. The former speaker — who splits his time between Florida, Ohio and D.C. — has said in casual conversations that he thinks Ryan would be a good option if the party has not coalesced around a GOP candidate before the convention. Ryan’s staff has recoiled at the notion, saying it was an “incredibly remote scenario,” and the “speaker has no interest in it.”
While true, Boehner’s endorsement of Ryan and assertion that “anybody can be nominated” will no doubt only further inflame voters already angry with the GOP establishment. Even if Boehner privately feels this way, it’s hard not to see his bold statement of it to press at this juncture in the GOP primary as a giant thumbing of his nose at the GOP electorate.
Is it any wonder voters don’t feel heard by their leaders and are looking for someone from the outside?
[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]