only offered to Boehner as an out about a year and a half ago because he had an unruly bunch of Tea Party freshmen and crunchy conservative old-school Contract on America folks who didn't realize term-limits were supposedly part of the deal--like training wheels for a Speaker of the House who wasn't ready to peddle his big-boy bike on his own. So he sold the idea to his party, who were kind of counting on getting the WH back in 2012 anyway, and crowed that he "got 98% of what he wanted" to announce that he still was Speaker, and it still felt good.
Boehner greeted the New Year with Nancy Pelosi pulling his wine-marinated fat out of the fire regarding the debt ceiling and avoided a serious challenge for his Speakership, largely because no one else seriously wanted the job. He's got until March 1st to avoid the sequester because Obama finagled him a reprieve, but he'd rather talk shit about how Obama started the budget crisis when we all know who kicked up dirt instead of passing a debt ceiling increase then, originally, and whose Golden Lad came up with a budget that in the end, wouldn't do the trick.
I don't know if Boehner was ever in the AV Club, but he's been projecting like mad. He's especially wrong if he thinks that Obama should be obliged to come up with (additional) budget cuts--that will be acceptable to Republicans. Why couldn't they come up with cuts of their own, if they are so keen on them? And there will be plenty of cuts in the sequester--so why would Boehner have a problem with it, if cutting government to cut the debt was his goal? Unless cutting the debt does actually have less importance than funding at least some government services. Unless they know well and good that the economy will suffer--and who will take the blame. Unless the ideological pose of the GOP with respect to budgeting were actually bogus.
But as it happens, the congressfolks who Boehner speaks for are currently on vacation, and not at all working on a plan to avoid the sequester, whilst lobbing shade at Obama for taking a three-day Presidents' Day Weekend and enjoying a little golf. Perhaps the President enjoys practicing smacking little white balls around a bit much. I dunno. What I do know is, that instead of carping about what Obama is not doing, if he actually had leadership skills, Boehner could maybe be trying to make a deal or get his folks to accept what is already on the table. Unfortunately, the current incarnation of the GOP wing of the House seems to feel that being compelled to do their job is bullying.
Why is President Obama making them hit themselves?
Maybe, if they were really concerned about the budget as such, they'd think about closing tax loopholes and accept a little less in defense spending in exchange for, maybe, not looking like they're the problem. Since they in no way have the upper hand. Otherwise, complaining that Obama is shoving budget cuts down their throats is hardly effective for their overall narrative.