What The Hill calls a "reversal by Speaker John Boehner" in "bow[ing] to conservative demands" resembles forward progress, does it not?
His is a reopening bid--it "strip[s] out money for President Obama’s healthcare law in a stopgap spending bill"--with no Plan B. Continues The Hill:
Republicans from the leadership on down said they had no idea what would happen if the Senate, as expected, sends back the continuing resolution without the defunding provision and with higher spending levels.
Well here's a thought, whose essence has been drummed by Boehner I don't know how many times: "I’ll probably vote for the CR to get the debate going," said Congressman Peter King, "but we can’t let the government shut down"--or default.
Perhaps I'm pixilated, but I take Boehner at his word. In the last debt-ceiling go-around Mitch McConnell repeatedly drummed the same, yet stunningly the White House negotiated an unnecessary deal (David Plouffe's politics won out over sound public policy), which invited this go-around. But this time, for Republicans, the go-around is a brick wall, erected by a White House no longer up for reelection. Boehner knew he was beaten before he began.
That's not to predict that we won't see white-knuckled brinkmanship roiling the markets and rattling global nerves. House Republicans are as children, and they shall throw their characteristic fits. Indeed I hope they throw them memorably--enough for the electorate to still suffer misty, water-colored nightmares in late 2014.