The Hill has a very nice story on John Boehner and the debt-ceiling battle. The story talks about Boehner’s leadership style — based on persuasion rather than coercion. It also has some interesting bits on the negotiations with Democrats, particularly this one:
GOP aides and lawmakers, speaking on background, portrayed Boehner as the calm negotiator who repeatedly exasperated President Obama.
Boehner last month asked the networks to televise his response to Obama’s address to the nation, a request which infuriated the White House, Republican sources said.
On July 23, they claim, the White House called Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), telling her not to participate on a call with Boehner, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). Pelosi informed Reid, who declined to participate, and the call was canceled, the Republican sources said. (A Pelosi spokesman could not be reached for comment.)
Later that day, the four leaders met with Obama at the White House. At one point, GOP officials said, the Democratic and Republican leaders asked Obama and his aides to leave the room to let them negotiate.
A tentative deal was subsequently struck, but Obama privately threatened to veto it, the sources said.
President Obama’s people have been suggesting that Obama was the only adult in the room, but this story says the situation was quite the opposite. They had to send Obama away in order to make progress.
This is all according to Republican sources, of course, but I find it quite believable because Obama has behaved exactly that way in negotiations in the past.