The statement about the Republicans learning that they can't govern from one house of congress is an excuse, and the advocacy of short-term extensions (with what in return? and where does that get us?) is an endorsement of retreat. And likening the tea party to peacenik democrats is insulting. Maybe the Republican's numbers, and Boehner's in particular are so low because 1) Democrats and Liberals don't like them, and 2) conservatives are fed up with their cowardice. Who's left to approve? Boehner is so concerned with public opinion, i.e. what the liberals think of him, that he is denying what the people who elected him are demanding: standing up for conservative principles.