On the latest offer from House Republicans—a short-term extension of the debt ceiling—Mr. Needham calls it a shrewd move by Speaker John Boehner: "We've got to get back to the discussion of ObamaCare, not the typical Washington food fight."[ emphasis added]
I'm not so sure that it was shrewd. Obama could have accepted the deal, and then where would they have been?
Obama was foolish not to accept the deal. He could have gotten what he wanted without giving up anything at all. Just a promise to talk was all he would have given up. He could talk and talk and talk until the new deadline and they would be right back to where they are now, but this time, in a weaker position.
Obama must believe he is in a strong position, or there's some other dynamic going on that I'm not aware of.