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Behind the Scenes: Last Night's Meltdown

Jon Russo Wrote: Dec 21, 2012 3:22 PM
"“Boehner was trying to play chess and the caucus was playing checkers,” he said, sighing. “Boehner is willing to lose a pawn for a queen." I know what the "pawn" is, but what is the "queen"? What do Republicans "win" at the end of the day?
traitorbill Wrote: Dec 21, 2012 3:53 PM
Boehner is the pawn, and he just lost his job as Speaker.
JasonCharleston Wrote: Dec 21, 2012 3:27 PM
I cushy lobbist position after he is done destroying the Republican party and America.

Two groups are elated over the sudden and dramatic demise of John Boehner's "Plan B" in the House of Representatives last night: Liberals -- who are thrilled to see their opponents in utter shambles -- and hardline conservatives, who view the development as a principled victory and a much-needed rebuke of the GOP's weak-kneed leadership.  National Review Washington Editor Robert Costa was on the Hill during the collapse, and filed a must-read story about how it all went down.  In short, a demoralized Boehner stunned the caucus with a brusque announcement that he was pulling the bill.  The...