Obama in his attempt to engage, some would say condescend to, the assembled lawmakers says he’s read John Boehner’s bill and many other Republican proposals. Ah, so the Party of No has lots of plans! For a year he said they had none. That’s what Republicans, I think, seek to gain from this: the recognition that Obama’s mega-plan is not the only alternative here. Obama, of course, hasn’t really incorporated much of what is in the Republican plans. But Obama’s acknowledging that his opponents have ideas of their own is at least one point scored for the GOP.
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