The result was what Republicans are calling the Williamsburg Accord.
The speaker promised members that his leadership team was committed to advancing their goals in the 113th Congress. He would uphold the sequester, allowing for reprioritization. He would push a 10-year balanced budget. He would hold the line against further tax hikes. In return, Boehner requested enough votes to temporarily raise the debt ceiling. Perhaps more important, the speaker asked for patience and for unity of purpose, pleading with his untrusting subordinates to give him the chance to keep these promises.This is why Boehner can't/won't negotiate about the sequester...he promised the lunatics that he wouldn't. In addition, he promised that Paul Ryan would come up with a budget that balanced in 10 years and that he'd hold the line on raising anyone's taxes. His life as Speaker depends on keeping those promises.
Whether he can maintain the cooperation of the lunatics remains to be seen. Already the Club for Growth is howling at the passage of Hurricane Sandy relief and the Violence Against Women Act. And some factions are trying to "move the goalposts" and put pressure on the Speaker to insist that he ignite a government shutdown if the upcoming Continuing Resolution doesn't defund Obamacare. I doubt he'll be able to satisfy the lunatics for long.
The only hope for sanity is the development of a common sense caucus. Linda H. over at what IS working has published a GREAT list of Republicans who might be open to some sanity on the budget, immigration and gun violence legislation. So go take a look at the list and see if your Representative is on it. If so...you know what to do!