Recent weeks have seen John Boehner humiliated by his own party, scorned by grassroots conservatives, and prey to rumors that he'll be voted down when he gets re-nominated as House Speaker in January.
The obvious replacement candidate is Eric Cantor, the current House Majority Leader. But word on the street has Paul Ryan as the popular favorite - or "next in line" - to replace Boehner.
Meanwhile longtime pundit Norm Ornstein thinks we should look outside the beltway for next Speaker, and he has a very specific candidate in mind: Jon Huntsman for Speaker!
By any reasonable standard, [Huntsman] is a conservative Republican," writes Ornstein. "As governor of Utah, he supported smaller government, lower taxes and balanced budgets, and he opted consistently for market-based solutions." But Ornstein's main rationale is Huntsman's alleged bipartisan appeal: "As Speaker Huntsman would look beyond party and provide a different kind of leadership. He...would aim for a broad majority from the center out, not from the right fringe in."