According to Jonathon Strong of the National Review, Senate Majority Leader has been left with nothing to do except call the tea party names, while those “none-negotiation” negotiations are going on between Congressional Republican and White House Staffs:
But one of the most interesting shifts is in who’s not involved: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
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.
Just four days ago the Hill reported President Obama had handed over the reins of leadership
in the government funding and the debt limit debate to Senate Majority Leader
Harry Reid (D-Nev.). Reid was named the official negotiator and the person
who will OK a deal.
The switch is a clear indication that Obama believes his refusal to negotiate strategy is beginning to hurt him. Early in the shut down he was steadfast in that strategy, even called congressional leaders to his office just to tell them he won’t negotiation.
By all reports yesterday’s meeting with House Republicans was attended by a different Obama one willing to listen, and now there are on-going negotiations between staffs.
The reason for the shift? His refusal to pay death benefits to the families of our heroes killed in action was a horrible PR move, that’s why he shifted policy and signed a bill authorizing payment, and it’s probably why he has begun those non-negotiation negotiations.