John Boehner's Tough Choice

Boehner must decide between most extreme members of his caucus and a compromise.

Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, answers questions at a press conference at the Capitol on Sept. 26, 2013 in Washington, D.C.

"My gratuitous, unsolicited advice: there are a majority of members in the House of Representatives that will act responsibly and compromise," Hoyer said Wednesday. "I think there is a working majority for responsibility in the House of Representative that is not being allowed to manifest itself."

LaTourette warns against betting against Boehner just yet, even as the time wears out.

"At the end of the day, he will prevail. No matter what sort of strange path he has to take," LaTourette says of Boehner. "I have to believe that people run for office to make the country a better place. But that doesn't mean that it isn't going to messy."

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