Boehner never intended to have the Senate come back, stop this particular two month bill, etc. What he needed was a couple days of showing that the House GOP wanted a one year deal, sees this most unusual 2-month farce as kicking the can, etc. The big political fight will be in Feb, and we all know that, do we not ? This entire "payroll tax" cut was jizzed up from the beginning to be a poltical wedge class-envy issue, and Obama's reelection effort requires that it be a mess such that he can blame the GOP.In military terminology, a demonstration is show of force on a front where a decision is not sought, made with the aim of deceiving the enemy.
Boehner was only staking out some points for when that Feb fight gets ugly. And in that, he has succeeded.