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BUDGET BATTLE: Is Boehner on the Hot Seat?
COLUMBUS (Chris Vanocur) -- Will the government shutdown also shut down John Boehner's political career?
As the shutdown nears the end of its second week, the question is now being asked in headlines: can the House Speaker survive?
Boehner is facing trouble from all sides as the budget battle continues. He is currently dealing with predictable opposition from a Democratic president and Senate, but also from dozens of conservative members of his own party
"I think some of the Tea Party people, even though their real anger is towards the Democrats and toward the president, are really unhappy with the GOP establishment also," said Dr. Herb Asher, OSU Professor Emeritus of Political Science. "That makes John Boehner's job more difficult."
Boehner's precarious position had led to speculation he'll retire, or that he will be removed as speaker by his fellow Republicans.
Already, plenty of names have been floated as possible replacements. Chief among them are House Majority Leader Eric Cantor or former vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan.
But Professor Asher asks an interesting question: "Who the hell would want that job now?"
Asher doubts Boehner will be replaced, saying Republicans might look even more extreme if they got rid of their own Speaker.
Asher also believes such a move could send a message that the GOP is not ready to be in charge.
"I think, if the Republicans do rational calculations, they will say now is not the time to even be raising that issue," he said.