COHEN: 'Can't anybody here play this game?'
Published: Tuesday, December 25, 2012 at 3:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, December 24, 2012 at 3:18 p.m.
In 1962, Casey Stengel, the longtime manager of the New York Yankees, came out of retirement to lead the New York Mets, an expansion team. That season the Mets lost an astounding 120 games — which is within about 20 games of what Stengel used to
I found myself channeling Stengel when, incredibly, John Boehner, speaker of the House and leader of his party, last week had to abort a vote he himself had called because he lacked sufficient Republican support. This brought a rare expression of sheer wonder from a former Republican speaker of the House, Dennis Hastert.
The vote was supposed to be on a tax bill Boehner unironically called Plan B, which, as my colleague Dana Milbank pointed out, is also the name of the morning-after pill. Maybe for that reason
Washington has been reveling in its own history of late. The Senate last week took time off to watch Steven Spielberg’s magnificent
Abraham Lincoln is Barack Obama’s hero, and the president seemed to invoke Honest Abe when he promised to do something about guns. In the movie, Lincoln says that as a wartime president, he is
Spielberg knows what Obama does not. His Lincoln is in incessant negotiations with Congress and the rest of the Washington power structure. He does more than make grand speeches. But Obama is a grand speech sort of guy. After his re-election he said he had won a mandate. He actually hit the road again, asserting a mandate to raise taxes on the rich. He is right to want to do that, but his mandate is chimerical, made of rhetorical filigree that evaporates in the intellectually arid atmosphere of congressional districts that voted tea-party Republican.
Some 15 Republicans won in congressional districts that Obama carried
As with Lincoln, Washington now reveres Lyndon Johnson. Much of this is due to Robert A. Caro’s latest volume,
Obama and Boehner are co-pilots steering us toward the fiscal cliff. Their respective jobs are beyond them. One talks over the head of Congress, the other called for a vote he couldn’t win. The thing’s on automatic pilot Richard Cohe All rights reserved. This copyrighted material may not be re-published
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