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Analyst says Boehner re-election difficult for 2012
The fight over payroll tax cuts has left the Speaker of the House at odds with his Republican caucus

Anna Staver
Republican John Boehner became Speaker of the House in 2011 when Republicans took control.
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The political fight over a payroll tax cut is over, but it’s left Speaker John Boehner in a difficult position for 2012.

David Cohen of the University of Akron’s Bliss Institute says the Southwest Ohio Republican has had trouble getting votes from his party all year.

Cohen explains why he thinks John Boehner has had such a difficult time.

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“He’s got a very difficult job. He’s got a very unruly freshman Republican caucus made up of a lot of tea party members who have openly rebelled against speaker Boehner’s leadership at times, and he’s had quite a time trying to keep them in place.”`

Cohen says a major part of any speaker’s job is to broker deals with the leadership of the Senate and the president, regardless of which party is in control.

Cohen explains what John Boehner needs to do in 2012

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“If he’s able to control his caucus going into this election year, which of course is a very, very difficult challenge, he can survive as speaker. But if this kind of thing continues, there are going to be a lot of questions raised as to whether or not he’s going to get a significant challenge from someone like Eric Cantor.”

Cantor is the House majority leader. The Virginia congressman publicly broke ranks with Speaker Boehner during the debt ceiling fight this summer. Cohen says Cantor has been eyeing the speaker’s gavel for a long time.

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