House Speaker John Boehner is trying to manage a split caucus.
Seldom does politics offer the rigor and certainty of science, but we have just witnessed a case that comes close. Tea-party leaders predicted that a shutdown strategy would result in mass uprising against Obamacare, forcing the political establishment to defund or delay it. In fact, Republicans were broadly blamed for overreach and the law became - in some polls - more popular.
The reagent was added to the test tube. The reaction did not occur.
Conservatives who are not sobered are not serious. And those who insist that just a little more fortitude in the Senate would have turned the tide - ...