WHITE HOUSE OPPOSES CAP ACT BEHIND THE SCENES…. The “CAP Act,” which imposes insane, statutory spending caps on Congress, is one of the worst ideas in recent memory, but it’s still generating growing support from Republicans and “centrist” Democrats.

To date, the White House hasn’t had too much to say on the proposal, probably because a meaningful debate on the idea hasn’t even started. But the bill’s leading Republican sponsor is complaining that the West Wing is working the phones behind the scenes.

Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) said Monday the White House is calling every member of the Senate, urging them to reject the “CAP Act.”

“The White House is calling every individual senator and asking them to stay off of this bill,” Corker told the Times-News editorial board Monday while promoting his legislation. “I see it as a part of the fulcrum of this (spending) debate. I’m hoping that it passes.”

I haven’t seen confirmation of this elsewhere, but if it’s true, it’s excellent news. The CAP Act is a disaster, and it’s exactly the kind of thing the president and his team are going to have to work to defeat.

Corker’s reliability is dubious, so I wouldn’t count on his claim being entirely correct. But if the White House is taking this seriously, and working the phones to blunt any momentum the CAP Act may have, it’s a very good sign that Obama recognizes just how awful this idea really is.

Steve Benen

Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.