Headline Reaction

It seemed worth noting.

Because it is oft-requested (and was called out in a recent comment thread), it seemed worth noting the following headline from the NYT: Johnson Stumbles, Deepening Republican Disarray and His Own Challenges.

Also, beyond just that magic phrase (“Republican Disarray”), note the theme more broadly via Memeorandum:

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  1. de stijl says:

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  2. OzarkHillbilly says:

    Johnson Stumbles, Deepening Republican Disarray and His Own Challenges.

    Is anybody, anywhere, surprised?

  3. Mr. Prosser says:

    I suppose even the NYT can’t spin such a public failure

  4. Jay L Gischer says:

    Two items go up for vote that don’t pass. This is framed as “Johnson fumbles”. I’m not sure I buy that.

    (By the way, I hate underestimating opponents. Hate it.)

    I suspect Johnson was collecting favors, not expecting things to pass. And doing everything he could to pass these measures he knew wouldn’t pass. I think he’s good at this sort of thing, and he doesn’t resort to outright lying to people either. He probably told the bill’s proponents that he thought the chances of passage were slim, but he would do everything he could do. And he did do everything he could do.

    And this will solidify their trust of him, which will be very helpful when he needs to do something they really don’t like. Which is going to happen, probably sooner rather than later.

    I really don’t see this as a “stumble”, but sure, now both sides are playing that game.