Movements on the National Political Stage

Two big and obvious movements among Republican House Members have caught our notice. John Boehner has apparently turned at least part of his back on the far right. “Are you kidding me?” and, “Frankly, I just think they’ve lost all credibility," said the Speaker to the Press. Next, Paul Ryan is far less of a fussbudget (pun intended), and has, this time, chosen practicality over political obstructionism.

And Jennifer Rubin has pointed out another move. Obama stepped backwards. He did not urge these changes, he did not campaign and berate the Party of No. Obama has done a little personnel shuffling with the intention of working his poll numbers better.

Meanwhile, back at the Senate, they pulled a few all nighters in a remarkable role reversal. Stung by Democratic filibuster rule changes, the right is looking for new ways to fuss, and it must involve Red Bull and a night shift rotation.

Oh my freaking gourd. How different the scene looks. New structures and props are placed on the set during this intermission. The House lights are coming on.

Let’s extrapolate this a little. Paul Ryan wants a larger following than cranky seniors and the other four dittoheads. He’s gonna run to downstage center, where he will surely run lines with Chris Christie, and perhaps Marco Rubio. He wants to add “can actually do something” to his acting resume.

Boehner went to some meeting with the acting company funders, and it looks like enough money will go to the mainstream of his side of the street, he can attempt to direct as long as tickets continue to sell. And get that rabble on stage right to quiet down; your scene is fading.

Obama is reflecting, is it so bad to be upstaged? As long as the show goes on and gets better, as long as people can afford to come to the show. Obama does have the lead, though. He needs to remind folks he was hired and rehired, passed the audition. The third act has come, costumes are changed, and the curtain is rising. Perhaps John Podesta will give Obama some new lines and moves. Now, we hope to see some real action.

We look, as Snagglepuss says, to “stage left.”


About Jim

I've been leading outdoor environmental education in the YMCA since the 1970s. I love teaching nature, history, current events, being a dad, fixing stuff, groups, and general thinking.
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