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Boehner Tips His Hand, Hints At Deal With Democrats On Spending


If Tuesday's vote had failed, it would in all likelihood have touched off a government shutdown. That's an outcome Boehner wants to avoid. But to pass the spending resolution, he couldn't rely on his caucus alone -- the 54 defectors in his caucus, who drew a line in the sand in pursuit of much more drastic cuts and far-right policy measures, meant that he needed Democratic votes to get it done.

That's a no-win situation for him. He'll have to choose between bending to the will of the right flank of his party, and precipitating a government shutdown, or cutting a deal with the White House and congressional Democrats, and further alienating his base.

It's an unenviable choice, but based on this statement, the choice is clear.