The problem with any person elected to Speaker is, quite simply, they're inheriting Boehner's House. The House he was damn glad to be leaving if you saw his resignation announcement. The NYT article noted that in order for someone to be elected, they're going to need at least some of the hard-line extremists (aren't we fighting a war somewhere against extremism?) who would rather watch the country go down in flames than compromise on their 'positions.'
And it just might happen, too - two major bills (as noted by NYT) are coming up here in the next couple of months. One to raise the debt ceiling, and another to keep funding the government. Both bills that were pretty much considered to be idiot-proof because they were a part of doing business. Until the hard-liners got in there and actually made a big fuss about functioning government, because apparently that's too much for them to handle because 'government is doing all these evil things like funding Planned Parenthood!' I don't think I need to remind anyone in this thread of how contentious it has been to pass debt ceiling bills the last few times, or how the extreme right has, time and again, caused the government to stop functioning because 'see? Two days without Big Brother and we're not all killing each other, therefore government is irrelevant!' (Like saying there's no global warming because winter is getting colder. Idiots.)
(As a note, I do apologize for anyone who might be insulted or any major logic errors or such things that I made in the statement above. It's just A: it's really early morning, and I get grouchy; B: those guys are going to cause trouble again. I know it.)