Boehner has a strong conservative voting record, winning a perfect score from the American Conservative Union in 2004 and a "0" from the liberal Americans for Democratic Action. Conservative groups rallied behind the choice.
"John Boehner has a solid record of support for pro-growth principles and a history of ... (enacting) those principles into law," said Pat Toomey, president of the Club for Growth.
Boehner is also pro-business. He was president of a plastics manufacturing company in Ohio before coming to Congress. The National Association of Manufacturers called him a "longtime friend."
But he also has ties to Washington lobbyists, a fact that worried some Republicans hoping to put K Street scandals behind them.
Actually, I respect the Club for Growth's opinion, if only because their conservatism is economic, rather than social, making them the leaders of the libertarian wing of the GOP. Still, they're an advocacy group, thus inclined to put lipstick on the pig.
I do wish Flyer would chime in here, since he is the only blogger I know who scored hookers with Boehner. No, wait, I'm misremembering -- it wasn't hookers. What was it Flyer?