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Then-House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and then-House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D- Calif.

By Andrew Trunsky
Daily Caller News Foundation

Former House Speaker John Boehner tore into the Republican “crazy caucus” in a preview of his upcoming book, calling out current and former GOP lawmakers and Fox News personalities.

Boehner’s memoir, titled “On the House: A Washington Memoir,” discusses how, in his eyes, the GOP was co-opted by Republicans who prioritized “wedge issues and conspiracies and crusades” instead of conservatism and legislating. The excerpt, published by Politico, singles out Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, former Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, Sean Hannity, Roger Ailes, Rupert Murdoch and the Obama-birtherism conspiracy.

Boehner calls Cruz a “reckless a****** who thinks he is smarter than everyone else.”

“By 2013 the chaos caucus in the House had built up their own power base thanks to fawning right-wing media and outrage-driven fundraising cash,” Boehner said. “And now they had a new head lunatic leading the way, who wasn’t even a House member.

Boehner called Bachmann a “lunatic” who relied on right-wing media to bring her “fringe” character into the mainstream. He recalled a conversation they had where he turned down her “demand” to be placed on the powerful House Ways and Means Committee despite only being in Congress a matter of days.

“Her response to me was calm and matter-of-fact,” Boehner said. “’Well, then I’ll just have to go talk to Sean Hannity and everybody at Fox,

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