House Speaker John Boehner today appears to be making progress toward passing his debt ceiling increase in the House as GOP conservatives begin to cave into direct demands from their leader that they support it.
Various reports, including this one and this one, suggest Republican freshman and other conservatives are beginning to fall into line behind the plan, which would cut spending by about the amount needed to raise the debt ceiling through the end of the year and establish a commission to try to close the deficit further after that.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney dismissed a question about why President Obama would prefer default over the Boehner plan, calling it a “false choice” because the Boehner plan will never pass.
And yet the White House yesterday issued a Statement of Administration Policy yesterday saying senior advisers would recommend Obama veto the bill, implicitly suggesting it could pass. And the SAP itself, in suggesting a veto, is a clear statement that Obama wants default instead of the Boehner bill.
It’s also nonsense and posturing. He’ll sign the Boehner legislation. And now it looks like Republicans are in concurrence with what I wrote this morning – that voting for the Boehner bill was better than destroying the country, and that it’s the best Republicans can do for now.
If Boehner is the only game in town, the Senate will pass it and Obama will sign it, because nobody is sure what is contained in the abyss.
Carney today also said the White House would put out a list of what goes on the chopping block first if the debt ceiling is close to being breached.