Congress includes some of the “dumbest” and “raunchiest” people in the country — but also some of the smartest — House Speaker John BoehnerJohn BoehnerLast Congress far from ‘do-nothing’ Top aide: Obama worried about impeachment for Syria actions An anti-government ideologue like Mulvaney shouldn't run OMB MORE said in a report published this weekend.

BoehnerJohn BoehnerLast Congress far from ‘do-nothing’ Top aide: Obama worried about impeachment for Syria actions An anti-government ideologue like Mulvaney shouldn't run OMB MORE (R-Ohio) told the Wall Street Journal's Peggy Noonan that it can be difficult to wrangle misbehaving members of Congress, while arguing that the chamber is not uniquely corrupt or scandal-prone.

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"We got 435 members. It's just a slice of America, it really is,” he said. “We got some of the smartest people in the country who serve here, and some of the dumbest. We got some of the best people you'd ever meet, and some of the raunchiest. We've got 'em all."

Boehner also downplayed tensions with Majority Leader Eric CantorEric CantorRyan reelected Speaker in near-unanimous GOP vote Financial technology rules are set to change in the Trump era Trump allies warn: No compromise on immigration MORE (R-Va.).

"Eric and I have never disagreed on strategy, ever,” he said. “From time to time there's been some disagreement on tactics, not usually between Eric and I, usually on the staff level."


Tensions between the two offices recently reached a point that prompted staff to seek a “truce.” Rank-and-file members have also called on Boehner and Cantor to patch up their differences.

Boehner told Noonan his relation ship with President Obama was a different story: "[H]e and I get along fine. But boy do we have big differences."