[Ed. note: This could mean war.]
Perhaps Barack Obama really does want to find a way out of the impasse after all. According to Jonathan Strong at National Review, aides from the White House have taken over the negotiations on a deal to raise the debt ceiling and end the government shutdown, and Harry Reid isn’t invited to the party:
Back before the government shutdown and before the fault lines of the current situation became clear, many Republicans viewed Reid, not Obama, as their most likely negotiating partner on both the continuing resolution and the debt ceiling. As evidenced by their public bickering over who wronged whom in the 2011 debt-ceiling fight this week, Speaker John Boehner and Obama do not have a history of fruitful negotiations.
As time wore on, though, Reid made clear not only that he himself wouldn’t budge, at all, on either debate, but that he was actively taking steps behind the scenes – like sidelining Vice President Joe Biden from any role – to ensure Obama toed the line as well.