Say what, Politico?
President Barack Obama may get the clean debt limit extension he’s been demanding, but it wouldn’t be a clean victory.
By adopting the House GOP plan to raise the debt ceiling, Obama would avoid a potentially crippling blow to the economy and, in the White House’s view, finally break Republicans of their habit of seeking concessions each time the debt ceiling needs to be raised.
But the downsides are significant. The federal government might not immediately reopen, there’s no guarantee Republicans would stop using the debt limit as leverage in the future and Obama could find himself in the same position once the temporary extension expires.
And yet, Obama may have little choice but to accept House Speaker John Boehner’s offer because it delivers what the president wants: a debt limit hike with no ideological strings attached.
That's kind of like saying, "If the Detroit Tigers don't hit the ball in the next several games, the Boston Red Sox have little choice but to accept the American League Championship."