How can you not appreciate a guy who knows how to ward off not only the hardliners in his own caucus, but the most powerful members of the conservative media establishment? Here's a Boehner retort to Sean Hannity (via Buzzfeed's Rebecca Berg).
"Sean, we're the minority party in Washington, D.C.," Boehner responded. "You've got a Democrat president, you've got a Democrat Senate. It's very difficult for us to impose our will on them." ...
"There will be opportunities ahead," Boehner said. "But do you want to risk the full faith and credit of the United States government over ObamaCare? That's a very tough argument to make."
Hmm, sounds familiar, no?