The holiday season hasn't been kind to House Speaker John A. Boehner. He was sharply criticized by fellow Republicans for failing to pass legislation providing aid to those affected by Hurricane Sandy. Earlier, he was sidelinedin the negotiations to resolve the so-called fiscal cliff. And before that, hefailed to garner enough support from his own caucus for "Plan B," Mr. Boehner's own bill to avert the fiscal crisis.
The new year has not started out entirely smoothly for Mr. Boehner, either. He was re-elected as speaker of the House on Thursday, but much of the media's coverage of the vote focused on the number of Republicans who chose not to vote for Mr. Boehner. The headline at Slate read: "Boehner Wins New Term as Speaker, in Maximally Humiliating Fashion."