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Peter King: Boehner Exit Means ‘the Crazies Have Taken Over the Party’

New York Republican took a shot at his own party on Friday after hearing news of House Speaker John Boehner’s resignation.

“I think it signals the crazies have taken over the party, taken over to the party that you can remove a speaker of the House who’s second in line to be president, a constitutional officer in the middle of his term with no allegations of impropriety, a person who’s honest and doing his job. This has never happened before in our country,” King said in an interview with CNN’s Dana Bash on Friday afternoon. “He could have stayed on.”

According to King, Boehner did “an outstanding job” and he was disappointed that he was resigning.

“There was actually, I thought, like a hush in the room for a few seconds where no one — people like looked at each other — they couldn’t believe it. And then he read the prayer of St. Francis, which was very moving,” King said of the moment when Boehner told fellow lawmakers that he was leaving office.

“I’m not a psychologist but I think John probably pretty much decided that the more he did, the more friction would be caused, and that he probably thought it was best for him to leave soon anyway, which I think is wrong,” he said. “But having the pope here yesterday just sort of put John in the frame of mind [that] it’s time to leave.”

“I think whoever runs for speaker should make it clear that he’s not going to give in to these people. We’re not going to appease them,” he concluded. “The time for appeasement is over.”

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  • Greg Pennington

    Where was Congressmen King when the crazies first came after the President with their crazy birther, indoctrination, Muslim and conspiracy theories? If the GOP stood up to them in the beginning. We would not have the problems we have today. This all sits squarely on the backs of those who allowed the crazies to try and undermine the President and did nothing. You created a monster you can no longer control.

  • toddio

    Pennington’s quite right.

    For the last 8 years, the GOP, up and down, has been flogging the most filthy irresponsible politics in craven pursuit of electoral relevance. Racism, gerrymandering, legal and illegal election tampering, total denial of scientific facts; a farce of scandal mongering, and hateful venomous MAL-archy spewed at the office of the most competent scandal free presidency in history.

    So today we hear King’s dismay, and a couple weeks ago we read George Will’s preposterous hand wringing at the indignities the Trump campaign is heaping on the party and greater body politic.

    The rest of America says, “You’ve lived by the monster, now die by it.”

    Come January 2017 this country will be inaugurating it’s first honest to god-no-bull-about-it socialist government.

    If the GOP continues to press their insurrection they will only guarantee blood, infamy, and tragedy.

    • Harbinger08

      As much as I like Sanders he is the only nominee the democrats could put forward that would lose to virtually every potential GOP nominee. I intend to vote for Sanders when my primary comes around. If he is nominated I will do everything to help him win. But there is no doubt in my mind that the democrat’s choice MUST win. The odds are it will be Clinton.

      • toddio

        Other than the assertion that the Dem choice MuST win, I Couldn’t disagree with you more.

        Bernie Sanders would wipe the floor with any of the GOP nominees, because they are to a wo/man flagrant liars and hate spewing morons, whose constituency will be loathe to vote for a “reasoned and seasoned” candidate like Kasich or Bush.

        Cruz, Huckabee, Trump, have all shown themselves to be utterly misguided or uncomprehending of our constitution, not to mention the actual character of the american heart. They make Sarah Palin look like a Rhodes scholar.

        In terms of electoral math Clinton has her own totally irrationally implacable antagonists on the right, in addition to all of us who are ambivalent about her as a leader.

        Forbes Magazine and the Wall Street Journal have both characterized Obama as one of the most successful presidents in history.

        Thus, we know that the arc of history is moving this country to a more honest relationship (both rhetorical and working) between business, government, and environment, which can only be answered by a frank embrace of social democracy.

        This doesn’t mean that it will be easy for Sanders, but it does mean that the next year must be filled with not only supporting his candidacy, but also getting sincere, honest, and pragmatic, liberals back into the capitol from the political wilderness.

        We will not be electing a socialist president and hedging with another conservative legislature.

  • Ken Segal

    The crazies have not taken over. The sane finally grew a pair to oust the corrupt sell outs. It time for a speaker that will support the will of the people instead of supporting Obamas illegal agendas.

    • Ed Brant

      Ken…you just reinforced Greg Pennington’s point….

    • Harbinger08

      Lunatic alert.

  • Jeff King

    This guy is a new Yorker, and even though he may be republican in name he is probably more progressive than B
    oehner

  • Jeff King

    Greg Pennington. many of the things you mention about the crazies, the crazy birther, indoctrination, Muslim and conspiracy theories, are bearing fruition now, 7 years after. i would suggest those theories you refer to as “crazy” are not so crazy, but the ones that are not as smart as they think they are are those who believed Obama to be an American, AND a Christian just because “he said so”.

    • Max Newman

      Gee, did you miss Trump’s big failure of an investigation into Obama’s birth certificate or all the other well publicized failures to back up your delusional opinion of our president? Since it appears you did fail to comprehend any of that , I propose that you are in fact delusional.

  • Max Newman

    The tools of hate and fear that have worked for the GOP for a few years have done the predictable thing and turned to bite the hand that gave them power. This is a very dangerous time for the GOP and it may very well split the party into two or more parts that don’t trust and don’t agree with each other. The GOP appears to be at war with iteself.