Not a particularly discrete one, mind you, as this lapse into candor won't be of any particular help to the reigning House Speaker. But it's not like he's wrong about Ted Cruz being a jackass, it isn't as if his Senate counterpart and partner in squishdom Mitchie The Kid isn't of like mind on the matter, it isn't as if Senator Cruz hasn't shot off his own mouth on a fairly regular basis, and therefore it isn't as if Boehner has all that much to lose from doing his own Trump imitation either:
At a Steamboat Springs event for GOP Representative Scott Tipton, the Ohio-8 Republican quipped that he likes how Cruz’s presidential campaign keeps “that jackass” out of Washington, and from telling Boehner how to do his job…
“I don’t think it’s terribly Speaker-like, and I think it kind of goes against everything that Reagan ever said about disparaging Republicans,” said Ed MacArthur, the president of Native Excavating, who attended the fundraiser…
Yes, it does. You might want to tell Senator Cruz about the Eleventh Commandment too when you get the chance, because I'm pretty sure that if you trace this tiff back far enough, he was the one that started it.
Another Steamboat Springs resident confirmed Boehner’s remark: “I about fell on the floor.”
Why? That there's animosity between Ted Cruz and pretty much all his co-partisan colleagues on both sides of the Capitol is a surprise to you?
“To build coalitions to work together in Washington, D.C., you don’t start it out by calling your colleague a ‘jackass,’” she said.
True; but you don't build coalitions to work together in Washington, D.C. by calling your own party caucus leader and the man you voted for for that post a liar on the Senate floor itself either.
The phrase "pot, kettle, black" comes to mind. Why Cruz should be cut a break for his verbal fisticuffs and not Boehner is not a question to which there is a logical or consistent answer.
Besides, if you needed any further proof that the Texas junior senator is a jackass, he was more than happy to supply it today:
Senator Ted Cruz has invited fellow Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump to speak at a rally against the Iran nuclear agreement in Washington, according to the senator’s campaign.
The rally will be held at the Capitol and sponsored by Tea Party Patriots, Center for Security Policy, and the Zionist Organization of America, according to the campaign. The date, time and exact location haven’t been finalized.
Trump told reporters in South Carolina on Thursday afternoon that he and Cruz were planning an event protesting the deal in Washington. The Daily Beast previously reported that the two campaigns were mulling joint events, and the Washington Post reported that Cruz offered to take Trump on a tour of Texas’ border with Mexico.
Demonstrating that Ted Cruz is NOT an astute judge of character, since he's inviting to join him at this anti-Iran nuclear agreement rally a man who has already said that he would not rescind this deal upon assuming the presidency but leave it firmly and squarely in place.
Or, in many fewer words, Ted Cruz is a jackass.
But then you already knew that.
John Boehner just performed the public service of publicly saying so.