Speaker John Boehner

House Speaker John Boehner went on ABC News “This Week” to make clear his position: Republicans won’t give the government new borrowing authority until Democrats agree to negotiate about Obamacare and fiscal priorities. When host George Stephanopoulos asked Boehner directly whether Republicans would let the government default if Obama won’t talk, Boehner said: “That's the path we're on. … I don't want the United States to default on its debt.

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House Republican leaders are starting to look pretty desperate.

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For a few brief moments on Monday evening, it looked like House Republicans might finally come to their senses.

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