Speaker Boehner & Points for his Board

Whatever happened to desperately wanting to negotiate and this not being a game? This just in from National Review:

“Speaker John Boehner rallied his troops this morning at a closed-door conference meeting at the Capitol. Democrats are trying to ‘annihilate us,’ he told his members. ‘We can get through this if we stick together.’ The Ohio Republican added that a ‘grand bargain’ is off the table. What he wants is something that ‘builds on the gains we’ve made over the past three years, puts points on the board, and doesn’t raise taxes.”

So clearly he’s not interested in reopening government – he’d rather have “points on the board.”