Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) led his party into a fight it could not win, and then, with the GOP’s poll numbers imploding, cut a last-minute deal that won Republicans none of what they wanted.
Much of Washington loves the idea of the grand bargain. Obama wants one. Boehner wants one. But it’s not going to happen, at least not this way. It’s like the recurring joke in the Peanuts comics, where Lucy swears she’s going to let Charlie Brown kick the football this time, and he always falls for it.
"Some may still deny the overwhelming judgment of science." As Obama called for the country to respond to the threat of climate change, he issued a stark reminder that many Republicans seem to reject basic scientific findings.
"Enduring security and lasting peace do not require perpetual war." Obama rose to national prominence by opposing wars started by George W. Bush, and he rarely misses a chance to remind Americans that Republican foreign policy led to open-ended wars with no exit strategy.