Political Insiders Poll: How Will John Boehner be Remembered as Speaker?

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, following a House GOP conference meeting. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis. is seeking unity in a place it's rarely found, telling House Republicans he will serve as their speaker only if they embrace him by week's end as their consensus candidate. 
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Sarah Mimms
Oct. 23, 2015, 5 a.m.

How will John Boehner be re­membered as speak­er?

As a deal­maker: 7%
As a strong lead­er who was dealt a dif­fi­cult hand: 28%
As a speak­er who mis­read his con­fer­ence: 12%
As a weak lead­er: 53%

As a deal­maker

“I’m giv­ing Mr. Boehner high marks for try­ing to make a grand bar­gain.”

“But 45 of his fol­low­ers wouldn’t ac­cept any deal on any terms.”

As a strong lead­er who was dealt a dif­fi­cult hand

“You can only do what the mem­bers al­low.”

“Good lead­er with an in­suf­fi­cient num­ber of­fol­low­ers.”

“He will be re­membered as an in­di­vidu­al who could have been a mem­or­able speak­er had not he been con­sumed by the very re­volu­tion that brought him to power.”

As a speak­er who mis­read his con­fer­ence

“He nev­er seemed to get a handle on his caucus, nor did he par­tic­u­larly want to ad­just his lead­er­ship style.”

As a weak lead­er

“His­tory will not be kind to him.”

“A speak­er who can­not con­trol his own caucus is a weak speak­er.”

“Nice guy and a good man but not a strong lead­er.”

“While he ap­pears to be a vic­tim of the Far Right, he was an en­a­bler of bad be­ha­vi­or that spiraled out of con­trol.”

“John who?”

Q: How will John Boehner be re­membered as speak­er?

As a deal­maker: 22%
As a strong lead­er who was dealt a dif­fi­cult hand: 53%
As a speak­er who mis­read his con­fer­ence: 12%
As a weak lead­er: 13%

As a deal­maker

“A deal­maker caught between two sides that ul­ti­mately had no in­terest in reach­ing agree­ment.”

“He tried to deal with people who don’t know how to ne­go­ti­ate, or who think ne­go­ti­at­ing is los­ing.”

As a strong lead­er who was dealt a dif­fi­cult hand

“His­tory will give him good marks for try­ing to al­ways do the right thing and for res­ist­ing the rad­ic­als.”

“Every­one is spoken well of at their fu­ner­al.”

“Most of Amer­ica un­der­stands that the Re­pub­lic­an Con­gress is al­most im­possible to man­age. Boehner did an ad­mir­able job.”

“So­lomon couldn’t have led some of these jokers.”

“The fur­ther we get from re­pla­cing Boehner, the bet­ter he looks to the con­fer­ence.”

As a speak­er who mis­read his con­fer­ence

“Boehner kept be­liev­ing the more con­ser­vat­ive mem­bers would even­tu­ally get ‘Po­tom­ac fever’ and fall in­to line. Iron­ic he helped elect the people who did him in.”

As a weak lead­er

“Down in his­tory as the cri­er.”

“He nev­er gained con­trol of his con­fer­ence, tried to deal with dis­sent by pun­ish­ing dis­sent­ers, and gradu­ally cut off com­mu­nic­a­tion with many mem­bers. Nice guy, but not a strong lead­er.”

“Gov­ern­ment shut­downs and be­ing held host­age by a small sliv­er of his con­fer­ence in­stead of fash­ion­ing a bi­par­tis­an co­ali­tion to get things done.”

“Wish it wasn’t so, be­cause I re­spect him a lot. But between his tears and his early exit, the per­cep­tion is one of weak back­bone.”

… … …

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