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Blog: Choices limited as default nears (Audio)

Tuesday - 10/15/2013, 11:15pm  ET

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House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, walks away from the microphone during a news conference after a House GOP meeting on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013.(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Lacking support, Boehner pulls

Dave McConnell, WTOP's Capitol Hill Correspondent.

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WASHINGTON - Whatever Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell come up with it must pass the House where there's still a take "no prisoners" attitude on the part of the GOP Tea Party brigade and their allies.

Additionally, the Tea Party actually sees this crisis as a great time to push demands for more spending cuts and concessions on Obamacare.

While deadlines for extending U.S. borrowing power and shuttering federal agencies put some lawmakers in a cold sweat, these hard-charging folks see them as opportunities not to be ignored -- whatever the risk.

If Speaker John Boehner can't convince this crowd that a Senate deal is the best they're going to get, he risks going over the cliff with them -- or facing a revolt in the GOP ranks.

Those aren't great choices as a showdown nears on midnight Wednesday.

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