Political Insiders Poll

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

Michael Catalini, Alex Roarty and Peter Bell
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Michael Catalini Alex Roarty Peter Bell
Oct. 10, 2013, 5 p.m.

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

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

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

DEMO­CRATS (90 VOTES)

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).

Yes

“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

“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?

RE­PUB­LIC­ANS (98 VOTES)

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).

Yes

“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.”

No

“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 people — 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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Demo­crat­ic Polit­ic­al In­siders Jill Alp­er, John An­za­lone, Brad Ban­non, Dave Beat­tie, Andy Bech­hoe­fer, Cor­nell Belch­er, Matt Ben­nett, Mitchell W. Ber­ger, Mike Ber­man, Stephanie Bosh, Paul Brath­waite, Donna Brazile, Mark Brew­er, Ed Bruley, George Bruno, Bon­nie Camp­bell, Bill Car­rick, Guy Cecil, Mar­tin J. Chavez, Tony Coelho, Larry Co­hen, Jerry Craw­ford, Brendan Daly, Jeff Daniel­son, Peter Daou, Howard Dean, Scott De­Fife, Jim De­mers, Tad Dev­ine, Dav­id Di Mar­tino, Debbie Din­gell, Mon­ica Dix­on, Patrick Dor­ton, Pat Du­jakovich, An­ita Dunn, Jeff Eller, Steve El­men­d­orf, Carter Eskew, Vic Fazio, Peter Fenn, Scott Fer­son, Jim Fleischmann, Tina Flournoy, Don Fo­ley, Jef­frey For­bes, Vin­cent Fril­lici, Gina Glantz, Niles Godes, John Mi­chael Gonza­lez, Joe Grand­mais­on, Anna Green­berg, Stan Green­berg, Pat Griffin, Larry Griso­lano, Mi­chael Gron­stal, Lisa Grove, Mar­cia Hale, Jill Hanauer, Dick Har­poot­li­an, Paul Harstad, Laura Hartigan, Doug Hat­t­away, Mike Henry, Kar­en Hicks, Leo Hindery Jr., Har­old Ickes, Mar­cus Jadotte, John Jameson, Steve Jard­ing, Jona­thon Jones, Jim Jordan, Gale Kauf­man, Lisa Koun­toupes, Celinda Lake, Dav­id Lang, Penny Lee, Chris Le­hane, Jeff Link, Bob Malo­ney, Jim Man­ley, Steve Marchand, Jim Mar­gol­is, Paul Maslin, Keith Ma­son, Susan Mc­Cue, Ger­ald McEntee, Steve McMa­hon, Tom McMa­hon, Phil Mc­Namara, Dav­id Med­ina, Mi­chael Mee­han, Mark Mell­man, John Mer­rigan, Mi­chael Mon­roe, Steve Murphy, Janet Na­pol­it­ano, Dav­id Nas­sar, Mar­cia Nich­ols, John Nor­ris, Tom Ochs, Tom O’Don­nell, Jef­frey Peck, De­bora Pig­na­telli, Tony Podesta, Je­frey Pol­lock, Jack Quinn, Larry Rasky, Mame Re­iley, Ed Rendell, Steve Ric­chetti, Will Robin­son, Steve Rosenth­al, Dav­id Rudd, Ry­an Rudom­in­er, John Ry­an, Mi­chael Sar­geant, Stephanie Schriock, Terry Shu­maker, Sean Sin­clair, Phil Sing­er, Erik Smith, Doug Sosnik, Greg Speed, Darry Sragow, Ken Strasma, Doug Thor­nell, Jef­frey Tram­mell, Ed Tur­l­ing­ton, Rick Wien­er, James Wil­li­ams, JoDee Win­ter­hof, Bri­an Wolff, Jon Young­dahl, and Jim Zo­gby.

GOP Polit­ic­al In­siders Dan Al­len, Stan An­der­son, Gary An­dres, Saul­i­us (Saul) Anuzis, Rich Ashooh, Whit Ayres, Brett Bader, Mitch Bain­wol, Bri­an Baker, Gary Bauer, Dav­id Beck­with, Paul Ben­necke, Clark Ben­son, Wayne Ber­man, Bri­an Bieron, Charlie Black, Kirk Bla­lock, Car­mine Boal, Jeff Boeyink, Ron Bon­jean, Jeff Bu­ley, Luke Byars, Nick Calio, Al Carde­n­as, Danny Car­roll, Alex Cas­tel­lanos, Ron Christie, Jim Cic­coni, Jonath­an Col­le­gio, Rob Collins, Cesar Conda, Jake Cor­man, Scott Cot­ting­ton, Jay Cran­ford, Greg Crist, Di­ane Crookham-John­son, Fer­gus Cul­len, Tom Dav­is, Mike Den­nehy, Ken Duber­stein, Debi Durham, Sara Fa­gen, Frank Fahren­kopf, John Fee­hery, Don Fierce, Mindy Finn, Carl Forti, Alex Gage, Bruce A. Gates, Sam Geduldig, Adam Geller, Ben­jamin Gins­berg, Dav­id Gir­ard-di­Carlo, Bill Green­er, Jonath­an Grella, Lanny Grif­fith, Janet Mullins Gris­som, Doug Gross, Todd Har­ris, Steve Hart, Chris­toph­er Healy, Ral­ph Hell­mann, Chris Hen­ick, Terry Holt, Dav­id Ian­nel­li, Ed Ingle, Jim In­no­cenzi, Clark Judge, Dav­id Keat­ing, Dav­id Ken­sing­er, Bob Kjel­lander, Ed Kut­ler, Chris La­Civ­ita, Jim Lake, Steven Law, Steve Lom­bardo, Kev­in Mad­den, Joel Maiola, Gary Malo­ney, Dav­id Mar­in, Mary Matal­in, Dan Mat­toon, Bri­an Mc­Cor­mack, Mark McKin­non, Kyle Mc­Slar­row, Ken Mehl­man, Jim Mer­rill, Lisa Cam­ooso Miller, Tim Mor­ris­on, Mike Murphy, Phil Musser, Ron Nehring, Terry Nel­son, Neil Ne­w­house, Dav­id Nor­cross, Zi­ad Ojakli, Jack Oliv­er, Todd Olsen, Kev­in O’Neill, Con­nie Par­toy­an, Billy Piper, Van B. Poole, Tom Rath, Scott Reed, Dav­id Rehr, Tom Reyn­olds, Steve Roberts, Jason Roe, Dav­id Roeder­er, Dan Schnur, Russ Schriefer, Rich Schwarm, Brent Seaborn, Rick Shelby, An­drew Shore, Kev­in Shuvalov, Don Sipple, Ken Spain, Fred Steep­er, Bob Steven­son, Terry Sul­li­van, Dav­id Tamasi, Eric Tan­en­blatt, Richard Temple, Heath Thompson, Jay Tim­mons, War­ren Tomp­kins, Ted Van Der Meid, Dirk van Don­gen, Jan van Lo­huizen, Stew­art Ver­dery, Dick Wadhams, John Weaver, Lezlee West­ine, Dave Win­ston, Ginny Wolfe, Fred Wszolek, and Mat­thew Zablud

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