House Speaker John Boehner has been attacked for being a little too chill in recent months, with Politico saying he looks "weak" and limited by "shrinking power," The Daily Beast's Peter Beinert saying Boehner's job is "virtually impossible," the obviously-not-objective Nancy Pelosi calling him "the weakest speaker in history." Slate's John Dickerson defend Boehner by saying he's just "leading from behind." But Boehner is going to shake off that wimpy reputation this fall. He "plans to assume a more aggressive posture" this fall, when President Obama and Congress negotiate over the debt ceiling and the budget, National Journal's Chris Frates reports. How his new aggressive strategy is much different from past ones is not yet clear.
"GOP lawmakers and aides say Boehner plans to assume a more aggressive posture in the upcoming fights to fund the government and raise the debt limit than he’s displayed so far on immigration," Frates repots. "Deadlines, politics, and the enormous consequences of inaction all make the stakes much higher in the coming fiscal battles." Of course, Boehner faced that combination – deadlines, politics, and consequences of inaction — during the debt ceiling crisis of 2011, during the fiscal cliff in December 2012, when his fiscal cliff Plan B failed, and when the sequester's consequences turned out not to be scary enough to convince Congress not to let the deadline pass in March 2013.