What if Boehner expected to have to "cave" ? That he knew this ploy would change nothing now ? What was gained, or lost ? What was the plan then ?
First off, nothing is lost. Folks will not be voting one party or the other in November based on the last 48 hours. It will be forgotten long before then. For sure, any angst over this tax cut will come up again, with a whole new life, in two months. However both sides posture then, play chicken then, draw the ire of the American people then, Boehner can say "unfortunately, this is because the Dems kicked the can in December. The House Republicans wanted to avert this mess ". Will it be worth any political leverage then ? I think a bit. What is certain is that none was lost now.