Major drama: Is there any way Boehner can change the story line?

What does story have to do with politics? Everything.

Is there any doubt that regardless of what happens on the “fiscal cliff,” the President is going to emerge as the hero? Unless there is a completely unforeseen twist, the Republicans are going down. This is not a political statement. It is a literary judgment.

Story is the way we understand what is going on. Face it, most Americans are busy and unless they are news junkies, they don’t have time to dig into the details.  For the most part, this story has no details. The White House and the Democrats are controlling the story line: the rich are to blame. We have to make the rich pay what they owe to fix the fiscal mess. Everyone in the party is repeating this story. The President holds campaign rallies to hammer it.

Speaker Boehner is needs a more compelling story, needs some visuals, and must have party support, or the Republicans are going down. And it won’t be in a blaze of glory.

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One response to “Major drama: Is there any way Boehner can change the story line?

  1. This is well done, M.C. I am reading in New York Magazine that there is also a split in the Republican ranks between leadership, rank and file and the masses, so it is even harder to find the high ground to try to defend a position. So that makes one wonder, does the story control the message which controls the reaction or is the reaction so bifurcated that you can’t control the story.

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