Perhaps after having his little chat with Obama the other day? Boehner and Reid had come pretty close to reaching a budget and debt agreement a few days ago, when the White House apparently told Reid “no dice”. Now Reid is employing particularly inflammatory rhetoric in what appears to be an attempt to drive a wedge between establishment and Tea Party Republicans (or, rather, to drive an existing wedge even deeper; btw, thanks, John McCain, for being your usual helpful self). My guess is that Reid thinks he’s got a chance to peel off enough panicky Republicans to support his own plan as the clock runs out.
My opinion is that Obama’s got to go, and any outcome that improves the odds of his being defeated next year is ok with me. Voting for Reid’s plan is not acceptable (the cuts are too plainly bogus). Boehner’s? Maybe - although, at best, the Speaker’s plan looks more like a wash than a gain for conservatives (at best, mind you). Is a wash the best we can hope for? Could be, considering that Republicans only control one half of one branch of government. I'd feel better about it if establishment Republicans didn't have such a long history of being rolled.
Which underscores the importance of clearing out the Democratic rot. Frankly, whatever deal we wind up with, however good, bad or indifferent, is not the biggest issue we have before us. The great challenge of our age is to defeat the steady encroachments of the nanny state into our everyday lives, which means we start by defeating the Democrats next year; above all, it means removing Barack Obama from office - lock, stock and Napoleon complex.