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The old "corporate" GOP has been swept out by the MAGA crowd. Some retired member turned lobbyist is promoting his book on Politico by unloading on the present GOPers:

Panic Rooms, Birth Certificates and the Birth of GOP Paranoia - John Boehner

In the 2010 midterm election, voters from all over the place gave President Obama what he himself called "a shellacking." And oh boy, was it ever. You could be a total moron and get elected just by having an R next to your name--and that year, by the way, we did pick up a fair number in that category.
by Bernard on Sun Apr 4th, 2021 at 08:13:13 PM EST
John Boehner R, Ohio was the Speaker of the House of Representatives from 20ll to 2015. He was an emotional guy and had a sense of decency. He retired rather than try to lead the House in 2016, and the Tea Party had been the bane of his Speakership.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Mon Apr 5th, 2021 at 03:29:02 AM EST
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Emotions (other than rage) and any sense of decency would disqualify anyone in today's GOP.

Dunno who ghost-wrote the book for Boehner, but he/she has quite a sense of effective sound bites, which I suppose is a prerequisite for this job; the description of one Texas senator is even funnier than Al Franken's:

There is nothing more dangerous than a reckless asshole who thinks he is smarter than everyone else. Ladies and gentlemen, meet Senator Ted Cruz.
by Bernard on Mon Apr 5th, 2021 at 12:24:47 PM EST
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Just a few years ago Boehner was the poster boy for crazy right wing nut jobs.
by asdf on Mon Apr 5th, 2021 at 07:42:27 PM EST
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I suppose it depends on whether one can see shades of GOP. Boehner, to his credit, at least wanted the House to function as a GOP House, not as a Tea Party. The Tea Party enthusiasts first and foremost were disrupters and agents of Chaos. Perhaps they made impossible many of the worst goals of the 'mainline' GOP, much like Trump's personality thwarted his goals in so many ways.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Tue Apr 6th, 2021 at 02:23:45 AM EST
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Trump moved the Overton window so far right that even some of the most bone headed conservative GOPers seem reasonable and sane by comparison in retrospect. In fairness to  Boehner, it was always political, not personal with him. He seemed to get on with Obama et al quite well on a personal level, but he had a job to do as conservative Leader of the House to thwart their agenda.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Wed Apr 7th, 2021 at 04:23:38 PM EST
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