The Washington Times - October 18, 2013, 12:38PM

Behold, some empathetic words for oft-beleaguered House Speaker John A. Boehner, from one who has been there and done that.

“I think he has an amazingly hard job. Boehner’s job is vastly harder than mine was,” former House Speaker Newt Gingrich told Larry King, host of “Politicking with Larry King,” a prime-time talk show that aired Thursday night on RT, the Russia-owned news channel.

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“It is harder for him to manage the House Republicans; he doesn’t have a Republican leader in the Senate the way I did. Instead, he has to deal with Harry Reid, who is a hard-core Democrat, and I had Bill Clinton, who you could talk with. He’s got Barack Obama, who doesn’t want to talk. So I think Boehner’s job is 10 times harder than mine was,” Mr. Gingrich told the veteran host.

“I have no idea how I would have done in that job. It is a different world with a different set of circumstances,” the former speaker mused.