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  •  Boehner's handicap is having no ideas (21+ / 0-)

    I agree with your analysis, and indeed, experience would indicate to Boehner that all he has to do is keep saying "no," and let the White House bargain against itself. He famously said he got 98% of what he wanted last time around, so why mess with a winning strategy?

    The problem, of course, is if the other side adopts a different strategy. I roomed with a guy many years ago who played offensive line on his high school football team. They started a drive from inside their own 5 yard line. Hoping to get a little maneuvering room, the quarterback called their basic dive play, Knock Right. Running back takes the ball and runs right. Nothing fancy, but should be good for a couple of yards.

    Well, it went for six or seven yards. Encouraged, the quarterback called for Knock Right again. First down! They ran Knock Right a dozen times or more, right down the field for a touchdown. They couldn't believe the defense wasn't adjusting, and apparently the defense couldn't believe they were running the exact same play over and over.

    Well, Mr. Boehner, the defense has adjusted, and they're ready for Knock Right. Do you have any other plays in your playbook, or are you ready at long last to get back to the job of governing?

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