Obama Calls John Boehner, Says He Still Won't Negotiate
Call it negotiations, call it compromise. Boehner is calling for it and Obama is standing firm.
Here's the thing, though. If you assume the CR and debt ceiling are neutral ground, basically giving nothing to the Dems or the Repubs they don't already have or both need, then passing clean versions of each equal zero points for Dems and zero for Repubs.
But Boehner wants to negotiate over them. He wants concessions, or let's say 1 point for the Repubs. If he got them, that would give Dems -1 points (not a compromise whatsoever, that's one side taking and the other giving).
So wouldn't true compromise be Boehner getting something, like a medical tax repeal (1 point), and then giving the Dems something, like tax increases (1 point)? That's what a compromise/negotiation really looks like.
So by those standards, does Boehner really want to compromise? Or does he just want stuff for free? Would you be willing to go into negotiations if you knew you had to give something away?