Boehner blasts GOP hard-liners
Outgoing House Speaker John Boehner, in his first one-on-one interview since announcing his resignation last week, compared conservative hard-liners in his party to biblical "false prophets" who promise more than they can deliver.
Boehner announced Friday that he would step down after nearly five years as speaker. Asked Sunday on CBS' "Face the Nation" whether those hard-liners are "unrealistic about what can be done in government," Boehner exploded.
"Absolutely, they're unrealistic!" he said. "But, you know, the Bible says beware of false prophets, and there are people out there spreading noise about how much can get done."
Boehner referred to the 2013 shutdown over funding of the Affordable Care Act: "This plan never had a chance," he said, but he blamed outside forces for leading Republicans down an ill-advised path: "We got groups here in town … who whip people into a frenzy believing they can accomplish things that they know — they know! — are never going to happen."