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Political Insiders Poll

Poll: Would a Different Republican Be Better House Speaker Than Boehner?

Do you think any House Republican could be a more effective speaker than John Boehner? If so, who?


Yes: 47%
No: 53%


Receiving votes: "Anyone else" (8), Peter King (5), Paul Ryan (5), Eric Cantor (2), Mickey Mouse (2), Dave Camp (1), Tom Cole (1), Ted Cruz (1), Tom DeLay (1), Jeb Hensarling (1), Kevin McCarthy (1), and Tip O'Neill (1).


"Peter King would be the best. But they don't want him, and if we are to have any case for retaking the House, neither do I!"


"Anyone. He is the laughingstock of the world and clearly has no control at all."

"Tom DeLay. Pest-control professional."

"Paul Ryan, who the crazy Right would trust more, but he can at least count."

"Ted Cruz. He's the de facto speaker now. Is a sitting senator also eligible to serve as speaker of the House?"


"Someone who isn't afraid to lose his or her seat by doing the right thing for the country. That may exclude all the Republicans."

"Boehner is stuck between the crazies and the rational. I think Eric Cantor or Paul Ryan might actually be able to rein in the crazies better."

"Anyone else will have the benefit of a fresh start. They won't have to dig out of the hole Boehner has dug himself."


"No one that could win the race for speaker could be more effective with such a divided caucus."

"If their leadership believes, as they all seem to, that they must pander to the tea party, they are an ungovernable caucus. Ronald Reagan couldn't handle them."

"If House Republicans replace Boehner, it will accelerate the current insanity and create even more political damage."

"The speaker is an effective and decent man. Those in the queue, not so much."

"Boehner is one of the weakest speakers in modern history, but I am not sure that anyone could lead that bunch of crazies."

"Since they can't elect a replacement without rejecting the tea party, he's the best they've got. Improvement cannot come about until they decide to stand up to the bully in the schoolyard."


Do you think any House Republican could be a more effective speaker than John Boehner? If so, who?


Yes: 22%
No: 78%

Receiving votes: Paul Ryan (9), Eric Cantor (2), Tom Cole (1), Tom DeLay (1), Peter King (1), Cathy McMorris Rodgers (1), and Fred Upton (1).


"I doubt that anyone can lead this crowd, but it's time to give Paul Ryan or Tom Cole a chance to try."

"Paul Ryan. He has the national gravitas to stand up to the tea party and bring members with him."

"Eric Cantor. Smarter, telegenic, more effective, more positive, and much younger. Time for a reboot."


"Almost all the others would be more divisive."

"If we did not have Speaker Boehner, we would be in the minority and would have lost in 2012. He has been effective in herding the cats, and the egos."

"Paul Ryan has potential but apparently isn't willing to challenge Boehner."

"Toughest job in town. He has done an admirable job, and no one else could balance the competing interests in the caucus as well as he has."

"He has managed far more than Cantor/McCarthy or others in leadership could have done."

"He has a very tough challenge with a vocal and intemperate minority. But no one could do better, in my mind. Let's reserve judgment to see how Boehner handles endgame on debt ceiling and CR."

"He's ridden this bronco as well as anyone could have. And the GOP needs his institutional memory."

"Doing the best he can with the caucus he's got. Feel bad for him."

"John Boehner is a patriot doing good work in a time of fools and unserious peopleā€”on both sides of the aisle. He should be seen as a hero, not the caricature the media seems intent on creating."

"Boehner isn't weak as much as the speaker is now weak. No earmarks, members who accumulate power by defying him, and ultra-right- and left-wing districts create an environment that's extremely difficult to lead."

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