Hillary Clinton confidant Sid Blumenthal had nothing but bad things to say about incoming House Speaker John Boehner on the day Republicans won back the House from Democrats in 2010, according to new emails released by the State Department late Monday.
"Boehner is despised by the younger, more conservative members of the House Republican Conference," Blumenthal wrote to Clinton. "They are repelled by his personal behavior."
"He is louche, alcoholic, lazy, and without any commitment to any principle," he added.
According to dictionary.com, "louche" means "dubious, shady, disreputable."
"He is not Gingrich, the natural leader of a 'revolution,' riding the crest into power," Blumenthal continued as he described Boehner, R-Ohio. "He is careworn and threadbare, banal and hollow, holding nobody's enduring loyalty."
He also said Boehner "twitches" if the conservative base makes "gestures that might undermine his position."
"Boehner is neither feared nor loved," he goes on. "He's a would-be DeLay without the whip. He's the one at the end of a lash."
Blumenthal said then-Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is "relatively in the same position in the Senate."
Clinton wrote back before the day was over to thank Blumenthal for his insights.
"Needless to say, I'm so distressed over all of this," she wrote back.