Face the Nation host John Dickerson somewhat accidentally scored a huge interview Sunday morning when he had on Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH), who surprisingly announced on Friday that he was resigning from his leadership position and Congress at the end of October. The interview had been scheduled some time ago so a highly sought out booking pretty much just fell in Dickerson’s lap. The interview did not disappoint, either, as Boehner tossed some bombs at his fellow Republican colleagues.
Dickerson acknowledged his blind luck on having Boehner scheduled for Sunday at the beginning of the conversation, pointing out that the Speaker was originally booked to talk about Pope Francis’ visit to the United States and speech in front of Congress. While they’d eventually get to that, the CBS host got right down to business regarding Boehner’s out-of-the-blue resignation and how that all transpired. Dickerson also wanted to know if the Congressman’s departure will mean that we’ll have another government shutdown.
Regarding the possibility of the federal government shutting down, Boehner unequivocally stated that it will not happen. He pointed out that the Senate will pass a continuing resolution bill this week and the House will take it up. The lower chamber will also investigate the highly-edited and misleading videos released by the Center for Medical Progress. It appears that the investigation into Planned Parenthood and the videos are a way to perhaps appease the most conservative members of Congress and get them to stop their Quixotic quest to destroy the federal government.
That conversation led to a discussion of Boehner’s decision to call it quits. While the Ohio Republican said that he had originally planned to step down last year, citing former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s stunning primary defeat as the reason he stayed on longer, he did note that a certain portion of the Republican caucus has become unmanageable over the years. He then agreed wholeheartedly with Dickerson when the host asked him if the far-right of the party is “unrealistic” about government.
Boehner followed that up by labeling many in the GOP “false prophets” due to the fact that they make promised they can’t back up about what they can accomplish in Washington. Dickerson was pretty sure the Speaker was talking about Ted Cruz and he asked Boehner directly about the current White House hopeful. Boehner slyly told Dickerson that he could name a number of Republicans while also directing him to comments he made in August at a fundraiser. (Boehner called Cruz a “jackass” at the event.)
While one can’t exactly say Boehner gives zero fucks at this point, he certainly isn’t shy about giving his real reasons for getting the hell out of Dodge.