I could, I suppose, write some 3,000-word essay about the capitulation of the House GOP and how it burnishes President Obama’s reputation as a leader, and how it will make things difficult for Republican leadership when they are forced to revisit the issues again in two months. They’ve already demonstrated that they can’t afford the political price of blocking the bill; on the other hand, they’ve got a core of backbenchers who never liked the legislation in the first place, and whose anger and frustration will only increase after this.
On the other hand, it’s almost Christmas, and I’m supposed to be on vacation. So let’s go this route instead.
Here’s the Washington Post’s take on what happened yesterday:
The headlines on the home page of Politico pick up the theme as well:
And finally, here’s how the conservative National Review saw the outcome:
– Jay Bookman