Boehner Walks Away

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July 22 2011 6:08 PM

Boehner Walks Away

You can read the letter to colleagues right here. Just as the passage of Cut, Cap, and Balance built new faith with the skeptics in his conference, the tone of this letter -- it's like he left the battlefield with both arms bandaged, leaving a trail of empty shotgun shells -- says to the conservatives, "I did it all for you."

The part about working with Senate leaders suggests that we might get new short-term deal without the Obama brand on it, which would be more acceptable to conservatives.


David Weigel is a Slate political reporter.