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I haven't seen anything about this here yet, but found the following articles interesting. The essence of both is that on a conference call to House Republicans last Wednesday Speaker Boehner admitted that they had to avoid the types of nasty showdowns we've seen in the past couple of years.

Members on the call, subdued and dark, murmured words of support — even a few who had been a thorn in the speaker’s side for much of this Congress
Granted, this is a two day old article about a day-after-election call with no quotes, but other quotes in the original article seem encouraging.
“To have a voice at the bargaining table, John Boehner has to be strong,” said Representative Tom Cole of Oklahoma, one of the speaker’s lieutenants. “Most members were just taught a lesson that you’re not going to get everything that you want. It was that kind of election.”
Don't take my word for it, though. Give 'em a read yourself!

Maddow Blog post by Steve Benen

Original NYT article, possibly firewalled

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  •  It's up to Boehner to control the craziacs. (6+ / 0-)

    And I won't believe a word he says until legislation actually gets passed.

    Everyone says pleasant things after an election. Boehner needs to put up or get out of the way.

    "I was a big supporter of waterboarding" - Dick Cheney 2/14/10

    by Bob Love on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 11:15:18 AM PST

  •  A lot of risk in not making a deal (1+ / 0-)
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    Shirl In Idaho

    There is a lot of risk for them to not make a deal -

    if the public blames the House for their higher taxes, they could lose significant seats.

    Also- there WILL be a deal some day -

    and the Senate is much more favorable to them now than it will be in January - so if they want a conference committee they need to do it now.

    The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. --George Orwell

    by jgkojak on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 11:16:13 AM PST

  •  sure they're ready to deal (7+ / 0-)

    just so there are no tax increases. in other words, as long as obama does things their way, they'll be happy to talk.

    The cold passion for truth hunts in no pack. -Robinson Jeffers

    by Laurence Lewis on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 11:16:15 AM PST

  •  Pass middle class tax cuts now! (1+ / 0-)
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    Shirl In Idaho

    Make that the only issue under discussion, not the whole package.

    Then pass the debt ceiling increase.  Make the republicans show good faith and take the threats off the table.

    Then negotiate tax reform, entitlement reform and the sequestration spending cuts.

  •  Here's what they're going to do: (1+ / 0-)
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    Shirl In Idaho

    They going to offer support for Obama's polices that they previously opposed and claim that he needs to support the policies in an effort to meet them half way. They're going to offer the illusion of compromise as the basis for compromise.

    "A cynical, mercenary, demagogic press will produce in time a people as base as itself." - Joseph Pulitzer

    by CFAmick on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 12:23:39 PM PST

  •  If Boehner caves he may need Democratic (0+ / 0-)

    votes to stay the Speaker. Imagine the tea party reaction to that. ;)

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    by We Won on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 12:34:10 PM PST

  •  It's all part of the kabuki (2+ / 0-)
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    el dorado gal, Shirl In Idaho

    Everybody has to express willingness to negotiate, openness to other's ideas, sincere intention to put partisanship aside, yadda, yadda, yadda.

    Then we hear from Boehner that of course he's going to negotiate in good faith, and the President and Dem members will find no more agreeable man than he, provided they bring up a plan that he can agree with. Nothing wrong with just a little revenue raised via increased economic activity resulting from a tax cut, or maybe some revenue from closing mortgage deduction loopholes. Yes, indeedy, he will be a very reasonable man on these things.

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    by Catte Nappe on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 12:47:45 PM PST

  •  cautiously waiting on this (1+ / 0-)
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    Shirl In Idaho

    On one hand, the gop would be suicidal to adopt a vote NO on everything approach.  This time they will pay for it with their jobs in 2014.  On the hand, this bunch may just be suicidal.

    "The real wealth of a nation consists of the contributions of its people and nature." -- Rianne Eisler

    by noofsh on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 12:54:49 PM PST

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