When you wrote; "Yes, there's a certain amount of theater and contrivance to this. But that's often true in politics." it was almost laughable. Politics is nothing but "contrived theater!" Everything politicians say and do is An elaborate or deceitful scheme contrived to deceive the Citizens or evade responsibility for some stupid thing they've done.
You then wrote; "It's not clear how successful the House Republicans' outside game will be." It should be clear that they will not be successful at all because it is still a *contrived game* they play, and the majority of people are wise to their schemes.