The slog to come will be arduous. Bloggers, pundits, Democratic activists and so on will shower abuse on Boehner no matter what he does. If under him, the House goes "too far," the critics will rage about tea party extremism. If instead the House fails to turn up the gas as high as promised, the same voices will intone, with half smiles, "Told ya so."
Particular leaders of the reformist right will likewise seethe if Boehner -- as these particular leaders see it -- asks for or accepts too little in the way of better treatment for the free marketplace and the constitutional ideal of limited government.
The speaker's task on such occasions will be to sort out the truth -- did I go too fast or just not fast enough? -- make adjustments and then push ahead: not minding the abuse, the obstructions, the cries of doom and destruction. Nancy Pelosi, given as she was to adoption of the worst ideas in politics, set the example of a political leader under fire. She put her head down and kept acomin'.
So should John Boehner -- with eye and mind fixed steadily on the rewards in store, however distantly, for political figures that do the right things in the right way. For a change, Ms. Pelosi -- a monumental change.