I'm going to annoy some people by saying this, and I may be dead wrong, but this WSJ editorial makes sense to me. They're observing that the Republicans are — finally — stepping back from pointless losing battles and forming a strategic plan to force Obama to address issues of out-of-control spending. Because what we've seen so far is Obama refusing to talk, leaving the Republicans only two lousy choices: Cave in, or hold out and get blamed for the mess. There must be another approach. And it may be the much-maligned Boehner is getting to it. This editorial argues, and I suspect they're right, that Boehner is wisely changing course. I'm willing to allow for the possibility that this is a wise move.
“If the definition of insanity is doing the same thing while expecting different results, Republicans may be learning from political shock therapy. Speaker John Boehner's decision to postpone a debt-ceiling showdown is best understood as the GOP's attempt to break a cycle of manufactured crises that have worked to President Obama's advantage….Such strategic thinking isn't sitting well with some conservatives who seem to enjoy marching into the fixed bayonets. And then doing it again, and again…”