Roll Call titled this article “Boehner Threads a Needle,” and I think that they have the right of it. If he had lost control of the debt ceiling process, Speaker Boehner would have been crippled for the rest of this term, and probably been out of the leadership cadre as soon as it could have been done without unnecessary embarrassment; as it is, the various factions of the GOP caucus have a pretty good idea of how far they can all push things before they run up against the Speaker of the House’s power, which is… considerable, in this country*.
Fortunately, this entire exercise should also give the Speaker an idea about how very, very seriously the Right is taking fiscal issues right now, too. Given that Speaker Boehner would very much like to keep being Speaker Boehner, that’s all to the good.
PS: I know that a lot of folks are unhappy about the final deal: not enough ground was recaptured. True. We didn’t liberate Paris on June 7, 1944, either… oh, sorry, violent rhetoric. My bad.
*One reason why so few Speakers run for President; it’s almost as powerful a job and, apparently, often a lot more fun.