JOB PROSPECTS

Boehner Sets Sights on Speaker Role

John Boehner, the decidedly old-school Republican from Ohio with the sharp suits and sharper tongue, could be looking at a promotion come November. If the GOP manages to secure a majority in the House, he will almost certainly take over from Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House. And then, he will face a tough choice: cooperate with Barack Obama as a tough deal-maker to get things done or stick to his partisan guns to take down the president? "My sense is if Boehner had an opportunity to do so, he would act responsibly," said a Congressional expert at the University of Oklahoma. "I don't know if those around him would go in that direction." In many ways, Boehner has already made his mark on the Obama era by reinvigorating a Republican Party that hobbled out of the 2008 election. But if he becomes Speaker, he has already said, his top priority would be to “repeal Obamacare.”