He firmly rules out any debt limit shenanigans and he pledges to tackle entitlements in a forthcoming budget plan - but without many details. I'm surprised by how much I have liked the man since he took over. Even better news:

Mr. Boehner, an Ohio Republican, said he told President Barack Obama that he would take the political plunge alongside him if the president announced his own willingness to tackle changes to those programs. "I offered to the president we could lock arms and walk out and begin the conversation about the size of the problem," Mr. Boehner said, adding that Mr. Obama responded "positively."

Know hope.

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