John Boehner Successor Is Likely to Face Similar Problems
Hours after Republicans swept to victory in November 2010, catapulting John A. Boehner to the speaker’s chair, he was asked how he could possibly persuade House conservatives to do some of the tough jobs of governing like raising the federal debt limit.
“We will be working that out over the next couple of months,” a confident Mr. Boehner, of Ohio, said with a shrug.
A canny veteran of many tough Washington negotiations, Mr. Boehner always thought it could be worked out. What he did not count on was commanding a...