Obama’s aides believe that ultimately, Boehner will defend his Speakership and his majority to the hilt, even if that means going against whomever emerges from the Republican presidential race and handing Obama a victory.
If Republicans do nothing, Obama wins. If they do something, Obama wins. And if they do a little, Obama gets to keep the debate alive, putting miles on Air Force One and devoting his fall and winter to painting Republicans as beholden to special interests over jobs.
Ignore the fact that Obama couldn’t limit itemized tax deductions for the rich when he had Democratic majorities. And seriously ignore the fact that the jobs bill, as is, is not going to pass right away.
Those are inconvenient truths that will in no way derail the Obama offensive. After all, anybody pointing out these facts is playing political games and clearly not interested in creating jobs.