In our Thursday feature, we ask prominent conservatives a nonpolitical question. Last week we asked about their favorite movie.

This week we ask: What would you do if you weren’t doing what you do now?

Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio): “I’m pretty sure I’d be still running my small business in Ohio. I honestly never thought I’d be in Congress this long, and I had planned to go back to that.”

Arthur Brooks (head of the American Enterprise Institute): “I can imagine 10 things I would probably love, from working in private equity to doing experimental music. Obviously, some things would pay the rent better than others. Now that my wife, Ester, and I have a house full of kids, I suppose working in the financial industry would be a smarter career choice than writing music that people hate.”

Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio): “Working on a cattle ranch.”

Dana Perino (former White House press secretary, now a Republican consultant): “Probably yelling at my TV, wishing I was able to be part of the debate.”

Peter Robinson (former Reagan speechwriter, Hoover Institute fellow, founder of “I harbor fantasies of becoming an accomplished gardener and sailor. The two don’t go together, I know, but there you are.”

Stephen Hayes (senior writer for the Weekly Standard):). “I would probably be a former lawyer. I actually enrolled in the law school at Georgetown and even attended orientation before deciding that I really didn’t want to be a lawyer. If I’d gone to law school, I’d probably have quit and be running a restaurant and/or microbrewery. I’m obsessed with food and grill year-round. That’s my retirement plan.”