GOP longs for Tom DeLay.

Today, the Politico reports that House Republicans are frustrated with Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) and questioning his leadership abilities:

This source also said Boehner “lacks some of the killer instinct” of former Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas). “DeLay had a lot of problems, but he got the job done. Boehner needs a little more DeLay in him. He’s got to knock some heads,” said this source.

Boehner has taken a decidedly anti-DeLay approach since taking over the party in early 2006, preferring consensus over conflict. But the GOP’s recent slump had some members and aides reminiscing fondly about the days when “The Hammer” ruled the Republicans.

AMERICAblog’s Joe Sudbay writes, “Ah, the good old days. I suppose they miss Jack Abramoff, too.”