This time he really means it
Or at least I hope Obama does:
President Obama phoned Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Friday to tell him he will not negotiate with Republicans on the debt ceiling, according to a readout provided by the Speaker’s office.Long history? As in since 2008? Time for Obama to make good on his threats. He's saved Boehner's sorry ass for five years. No more negotiating with the GOP's economic terrorists. No other way to break the fever except icing their strategy. If the Republicans shoot the hostage -- well -- we'll all bleed but at least it will be fast. Better than slowly suffocating by obstruction.
Boehner told the president he was “disappointed” to hear his position, an aide said.
“Given the long history of using debt limit increases to achieve bipartisan deficit reduction and economic reforms, the Speaker was disappointed but told the president that the two chambers of Congress will chart the path ahead. It was a brief call,” the aide said.