President Barack Obama called congressional leaders back to the White House for another round of budget talks Monday, telling them during a testy meeting Sunday that they will gather daily until a deal is reached, Democratic and Republican officials said.I commend Boehner for holding tough to this point but this ain't over by a long shot. He is going to be subjected to increased pressure, Alinsky-style until he caves. Holding tough in last night's meeting is not enough. He must hold tough until August 2nd. If he doesn't, both he and his party will suffer huge political repercussions from an increasingly angry Tea Party.
In a bid to take his case to voters, the president also will hold a press conference Monday morning, the White House announced at the conclusion of the meeting.
During a 75-minute session Sunday at the White House, Obama told the congressional leaders that America is not a “banana republic,” so he won’t agree to several months-long debt increases that raise fears of a default, according to two Democratic officials familiar with the meeting.
The president argued several times that negotiators should work toward a $4 trillion package for reducing the deficit rather than the smaller one favored by Republicans, calling on them to stand up to their base to get it done. He said both parties would suffer politically, but they need to do something substantial, said a third Democratic official familiar with the meeting.
Whether Boehner knows it or not, he actually holds all the cards. He doesn't need to make a deal - nor should he. If no deal is reached, he gets practically everything the Tea Party is demanding from him. Conservatives don't want a raised debt ceiling. No deal = no raised debt ceiling. Obama knows this and will do everything he can to massage the numbers to get Boehner to cave.
Speaker Boehner has continued to disappoint in his leadership role. Here is an opportunity for him to come through. Historical data tells us he's going to cave but pressure from the right is increasing. He's like the guy who perpetually strikes out in the clutch, now at bat in the bottom of the ninth, two outs, full count, bases loaded, and down by three runs.
He will do the equivalent of two things: cry or win.
It's that simple.
Quick! Someone send Boehner a copy of Braveheart and demand he watch it.
h/t Freedom's Lighthouse