The level of dishonesty and failure to see the real underlying nature of his anger and defeat was probably the most surprising thing I read in the Politico broadside. Boehner simply attacks everyone he disagreed with in his own Party and disdained, shunned and then defenstrated them when they got uppity and tried to vote him out of the leadership.
Many Republicans were ready for a new House of Representatives Chairman following the 2014 mid-term elections. EMC Research reported 60% of participants in their telephone survey wanted a new chairman. In the end there were a total of 25 votes against Boehner, 29 were needed in order to choose a new speaker. Boehner responded by removing those who opposed him from influential committees.. His disdain for his peers was unmatched until the next squishy rethuglican came along and accomplished nothing at all. We basically had two worthless cogs of the old machine both decide "to retire" rather than continue on as the most powerful elected office in Congress and 2nd in line to succession to the Presidency, a post that Nancy Pelosi, a shark in human form, enjoys and moreover a shark that never once in all her decades in politics ever tried to achieve a single bi-partisan accomplishment. Why the rethuglicans keep thinking it's necessary is beyond me. In that respect, Newt was the last real politician the rethuglicans produced. God only knows what they are now.
Those interested in how far the republican party fell can read it in Politico for the nasty details. I'd recommend it. One should really learn as much as possible about the enemy and in this case the enemy is self-revealed as the man the rethuglican party thought would best lead them into battle against Obama and the increasingly communist/socialist democrats.
At some point after the 2008 election, something changed with my friend Roger Ailes. I once met him in New York during the Obama years to plead with him to put a leash on some of the crazies he was putting on the air. It was making my job trying to accomplish anything conservative that much harder. I didn’t expect this meeting to change anything, but I still thought it was bullshit, and I wanted Roger to know it.What this idiot refuses to accept along with reality is the simple fact that Obama's Deep State people and the FBI and other organs of hte government with a license to spy on Americans WAS monitoring people like Ailes and Trump and others and anybody familiar with the facts of American history knew that. Simply look at the copious files the FBI had from its spying on Martin Luther King, Jr. It happened and it is always happening 24/7 as Snowden revealed before heading to the USSR.
When I put it to him like that, he didn’t have much to say. But he did go on and on about the terrorist attack on the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi, which he thought was part of a grand conspiracy that led back to Hillary Clinton. Then he outlined elaborate plots by which George Soros and the Clintons and Obama (and whoever else came to mind) were trying to destroy him.
“They’re monitoring me,” he assured me about the Obama White House. He told me he had a “safe room” built so he couldn’t be spied on. His mansion was being protected by combat-ready security personnel, he said. There was a lot of conspiratorial talk. It was like he’d been reading whacked-out spy novels all weekend.
And it was clear that he believed all of this crazy stuff. I walked out of that meeting in a daze. I just didn’t believe the entire federal government was so terrified of Roger Ailes that they’d break about a dozen laws to bring him down. I thought I could get him to control the crazies, and instead I found myself talking to the president of the club. One of us was crazy. Maybe it was me.
I have no idea what the relationship between Ailes and Murdoch was like, or if Ailes ever would go off on these paranoid tangents during meetings with his boss. But Murdoch must have thought Ailes was good for business, because he kept him in his job for years.