Bottom line: This simply was a play by Boehner to keep his job and should not be assumed to be an accurate prediction of what’s to come on the budget in the lame duck session.Granted -- that doesn't mean we won't really get a showdown...well, we've had many showdowns in the past; we'll probably get something this time unless unified government breaks out before a debt limit extension is needed (and perhaps even then). There's a bit of a myth out there that last summer was the first-ever exercise in debt-limit brinkmanship. Not that it wasn't notable -- it was! It's never come that close to default before, as far as I know, and everyone should take seriously the threat posed by a good-sized group within the GOP conference who apparently really want to break through the limit and see what happens. So we certainly could be in for something as messy as last summer, or even worse.
But I think Collender is right: what Boehner said yesterday doesn't really change anything, or give us any new clues about what's going to happen.