"No drama Obama" was nowhere in sight last night as debt ceiling talks broke down and John Boehner left the building. The president's heated half-hour presser—in which he lambasted Republicans' "seeming inability to arrive at any kind of position that compromises any of their ideological preferences"—was what the Christian Science Monitor calls his "primal scream," his "Howard Beale moment." “I've been left at the altar now a couple of times,” Obama complained, before taunting Boehner with “If you want to be a leader, then you got to lead.”
It's the catastrophic end of an epic bromance, writes Mike Allen over at Politico, complete with Boehner sniping that “Dealing with the White House is like dealing with a bowl of Jell-O," and that "I’m not going to get into the partisan sniping that we heard earlier.” There are rumors around the Beltway that both men are feigning anger so as to rally their troops, but "If that’s the deal, they should both get Academy Awards," writes Allen. Time is short: Boehner has said he needs a deal by Monday in order to have time to push it through Congress. Obama has ordered everyone back to the White House this morning. Click here for Allen's lengthy dissection of the breakup.