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Behind the Scenes: Last Night's Meltdown

Jon Russo Wrote: Dec 21, 2012 3:57 PM
Boehner and McConnell are playing chess, er, I mean, checkers, um, Marquess de Queensbury,....well, they're playing something. Tiddlywinks? The Democrat Party is now part of the Chicago Machine. The Democrat Party is playing "hide the icepick". GOP-DC are fools for playing this game as they have no plans on bringing a gun to the fight.

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...