The editors of the WSJ more or less make the point I did yesterday: What's the end game of the intransigence play? Since President Obama regards the Affordable Care Act as the signature achievement of his presidency, his threat to be uncompromising on at least that question is a lot more credible than the Republican threat to cling to the Hastert Rule no matter how bad the political -- and GOP donor -- reaction might be. Credibility being the key to victory in any game of chicken, it is therefore difficult to see how this ends with anything other than Speaker Boehner waiving the Hastert Rule and allowing a vote on a continuing resolution even if he cannot get the support of a majority of Republicans. When that happens, the only question will be whether the GOP caucus tosses Boehner from the Speaker's chair and elects somebody less, er, accommodating. Smart Democrats would give Boehner something with which to save face to prevent just such an eventuality, but Harry Reid seems to be calling the shots and he is playing for the House in 2014. So, back to the Tea Party with the friendly reminder that hope is not a strategy: What's the end game?