Such crass, self-serving calculations were not what Nancy Pelosi was about when she held the gavel. She bet big. Yes, she ultimately lost her speakership, but she's okay with that. It was everything she had accomplished that mattered.
Cantor reportedly says that "nothing" could pass the House right now. Malarkey. If Boehner truly believes, as he says, that the debt ceiling must rise for the sake of the overall economy, he could take that "mother of all no-brainer" deals, as conservative David Brooks termed it. The speaker could pull together whatever Republicans he could and then, gasp, work with Democrats to pass it. That's just the sort of thing Nancy Pelosi might do is similar situation.
But, I guess John Boehner isn't half the speaker she was.
I hope he enjoys the plush speaker's office, while he still can.