Krauthammer thinks Obama is scared of the debt ceiling and sees possibility of a non-clean debt ceiling increase. Via NR's Corner:
Krauthammer said that because of that fear, there will be a short-term, conditional extension of the debt ceiling.
“He is really afraid of that debt ceiling. He says he won’t bend on this—of course he’ll have to at the eleventh hour,” Krauthammer said. “He can’t afford to be remembered as the first president who defaulted or allowed, you know, the conditions in which it can happen.”
So the bottom-line is this: We will either make some policy gains via this fights, or it will end up being a surrender to Obama's spendaholic ways. Winning fleeting gains or 'deals to talk' are not worth much, but permanent law changes are worth something. Whatever happens, we must keep our eye on the prize: The Number One issue, item and policy at stake here is Obamacare/ ACA. That will be the issue in 2014, indeed for many years until it's repealed and replaced or embedded like a tick in the body politic, and the Republicans need to continue to fight it in any vanue and with any tool they have.