Pence is being assaulted by Boehner friends in emails to members. One suggested that while Pence has done a good job with the RSC, his staff is isn't up to the job and certainly not as able as those of past GOP leaders like Newt Gingrich, Dick Armey or Tom DeLay. Boehner's staff, some of which have worked for DeLay, generally get good grades. Said one anti-Pence email, Pence "is a nice man. And a conservative," but it went on to criticize his staff. "Boehner actually does not have great staff, but they have at lease run a committee before and know floor procedures and Boehner is tough," it continued. A Pence backer dismissed the charge, though, as a dirty campaign tactic.
I've not been a big fan of Pence because of his proclivity towards divisive, cultural issues, but I do think that both Republicans and Democrats in Indiana should agree that Pence's ascension to the Minority Leader's job would be good for Indiana. Other than Rep. Pete Visclosky (D) and Sen. Richard Lugar (R), there are no other members of the congressional delegation with any clout. It's also been a long time since Indiana has had anyone in a significant leadership position. Rep. John Brademas (D) is probably the most recent example. He served as House Majority Whip before he was defeated by Rep. John Hiler (R) in the 1980 Reagan landslide. You also have to admit that Pence would make a better spokesman for the GOP than Boehner, who looks and talks like someone auditioning to play an extra on the "Sopranos."