Go read redstate (I couldn’t sleep so I came here to check the latest news..) Erick Erickson has a great piece on strategy!
I endorse his approach and think we all should call Boehner, and our Republican Reps to let them know we think so as well..
As a matter of fact, I just finished reading his post.
He wants the 2 issues - government funding and debt limit - decoupled. He believes that they will have a better chance if they’re kept separate.
"Speaking to reporters at the White House, Obama said that if House Republicans re-opened the government and lifted the nations borrowing authority even for a few months he would enter into wide-ranging talks that could include his signature healthcare law and issues related to the debt.
If they want to do that, reopen the government. Extend the debt ceiling. If they cant do it for a long time, do it for the period of time in which these negotiations are taking place, Obama said......" Boehner rejects Obama's offer for short-term debt, shutdown deal
Obama is counting on the compliant Obama media to frame the argument and the "facts" in order to make him appear reasonable and the conservatives as "hostages takers" and "terrorists" until they give him all he wants.
Obama does not care if the government shuts down. His goal (also Reid's and Pelosi's goal) is to break Tea Party conservative influence on the Hill. The battle is to tear out the heart and long-term commitment of their opposition in 2014/2016 and have one party government.