Boehner: a dealmaker and a survivor in tight spot - Article Photos 5/7

FILE - In this Nov. 2, 2010, file photo, with tears in his eyes, House Republican leader John Boehner of Ohio flashes a thumbs-up after addressing an election night gathering hosted by the National Republican Congressional Committee at the Grand Hyatt hotel in Washington Washington, as Republicans win enough seat to take control of the House and elevate Boehner to speaker. Boehner has been caught up in a monumental struggle over taxes and spending aimed at keeping the country from taking a yearend dive over the "fiscal cliff." President Barack Obama is tugging Boehner one way in pursuit of a budget deal, while conservatives yank the other way, some howling that the speaker already is going wobbly on them and turning vindictive against those in his party who dare disagree.(AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)