If you were a football coach and one of your players looked for a reporter at half-time so he could criticize other players on the team, complained that your strategy is all wrong, and generally told everyone listening that the team deserves to lose, do you think he’d be on the bench the next week? Do you think he’d have a job at all?
Whether you agree with Ted Cruz and Mike Lee (I do) or not, they had a strategy they wanted to pursue. They started by pushing to defund Obamacare and from there, the GOP was supposed to negotiate Obamacare compromises.
John Boehner apparently thought that strategy made enough sense that he decided to pursue it.
Has he executed it particularly well? No; after a brilliant start, Boehner seems to have quieted down and lost focus. That’s frustrating because the GOP can win this fight with the public while firing up its own base any time it wants.