MS. MITCHELL: And immigration was going to be the one thing that they could have pointed to. And I think that conversation with John Boehner and the president, the president doesn’t have a whole well of trust in Boehner saying, you know, hang with me, I can get this done by the end of the summer. Boehner still doesn’t have the support and you heard what– what Congressman Labrador has been saying, they don’t have a Marco Rubio on the House side who can try to work around the edges… [Emphasis added]
MR. TODD: It was supposed to be Paul Ryan.
MS. MITCHELL: …and bring it together.
MR. TODD: It was supposed to be Paul Ryan…
MS. MITCHELL: And he’s gone silent I think. …
Wait a minute–John Boehner said what to the President? Remember that Boehner is probably the key to whether or not the bill passes. If he wants to engineer a House floor vote, in defiance of his caucus, it might. Otherwise, not so likely. So a great deal of temperature-taking and tea-leaf reading has gone into figuring out which side Boehner is really on. Andrea Mitchell seems to be saying: He’s telling the President he’s trying to get a bill passed. Just give him time. And given an opening, he’ll make it happen.
There`s more. Kaus says this is important if true, and points out that Andrea Mitchell, who`s passing what seems to be inside info is " is nothing if not well-connected." Mitchell is Mrs. Alan Greenspan.
People wondering if the Boehner might actually be planning to try this need to consider not only whether Ms. Mitchell is well-connected, but whether Boehner is a treacherous weasel.