* Great piece by Politico’s Ben White: Wall Street to GOP — are you nuts? And this:

There is no scenario under which the GOP is going to achieve its main stated  goal, delaying the Affordable Care Act, through a debt limit showdown. The White  House and Senate Democrats would never agree to such a demand. And senior  administration officials say privately that their public refusal to negotiate over the debt limit is not simply a political ploy they will inevitably have to cast aside.

Right. It’s looking more and more like not negotiating is the White House’s only option, and Dems appear united behind this imperative.

The problem for Boehner is that he starts losing tons of GOP votes when the House’s position isn’t completely outrageous. And once he needs Democratic support he’ll have to accept the reality that most if not all of these requests are non-starters.

Question: Can House Republicans pass anything on their own that could also pass a Dem controlled Senate?

* Related to the above: Roll Call raises an excellent question about the GOP debt limit wish-list proposal:

Some Republicans may be wondering how such a measure would conform to the “Boehner Rule,” which mandates a dollar in “cuts or reforms” for every dollar the debt ceiling is raised. Many aides predict a one-year debt ceiling hike would come out to approximately $1 trillion. And while the wish list has many incentives for Republicans, it might not reach dollar-for-dollar cuts or reforms.

Yes. What happened to the dollar for dollar cuts? That demand no longer operative?

* Republican got very excited today when Joe Manchin reiterated his opposition to the individual mandate, but he isn’t going to vote to shut down the government.

* And Alex Seitz-Wald wins the Twitters today with his proposal for how Dems should respond to the GOP conservative wish-list debt ceiling proposal:

1) Single payer health care.
2) Carbon tax.
3) Path to citizenship.
4) End sequestration.
5) End Bush tax cuts above $259K.
6) Wall Street tax.
7) Nancy Pelosi made Speaker.

Imagine the outpouring of mockery from the press corps if Dems did something like this. Yet when the GOP offers a set of demands that are similarly ludicrous — comically, epically so, in fact — they treat it as business as usual, and ask Dems why they won’t negotiate.