JMO, but it really doesn't matter what Boehner says in public, it matters what he says in the meetings with Reid and Obama. It will be clear fairly quickly if he is serious about making a deal. If Boehner comes to the meeting ready to deal, things will go quickly. If he starts jerking around, then things will get political quickly.
There is a deal there to be made, if Boehner is willing to do it.