Friday, October 04, 2013

Boehner has said privately that he will not allow a default

(Credit AP/J.Scott Applewhite)
Salon's nasty, snarky headlines kind of wear me out. Fox News for the Left.

But their political reporter and TPM alum Brian Beutler is very good and decently sourced within the Democratic caucus, and should be a part of your daily read.

Yesterday afternoon Brian reported that following their White House meeting, the GOP has finally realized they've trapped themselves. Obama isn't going to budge,
If [GOP leaders] got the same explanation from the president that I and several other writers got from senior officials at a White House briefing today, they know that for Obama this is more than just about preventing his own personal embarrassment (at having caved) and more than about his individual legacy (which will be harmed even if Republicans bear the brunt of the blame for a default). He sees “right sizing” the executive branch, and leaving it in better shape than when he inherited it, as a core responsibility of his presidency. Reducing the scope of executive powers in the foreign policy realm is one piece of it. But it would be a complete abdication, in his mind, to leave the next president vulnerable to the nullification of his or her election.
The good news, to the extent that there is any, comes from Boehner,
House Speaker John Boehner has told at least one House Republican privately what he and McConnell have hinted at publicly for months, which is that they won’t execute their debt limit hostage. Boehner specifically said, according to a New York Times report, and obliquely confirmed by a House GOP aide, that he would increase the debt limit before defaulting even if he lost more than half his conference on a vote.

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