My view, for what it's worth

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Rep. John Boehner 2010.

Given that the likes of Paul Ryan, Tom Sowell, Charles Krauthammer, Laura Ingraham and a bunch folks around here are in favor of the Boehner plan, I do wish that some of our friends who are opposed to it, for completely honorable reasons, could find a better argument than one that hinges on terms like RINO. Likewise, folks who favor it probably don't help things either by calling a vote against Boehner a "pro-Obama vote." I understand that this is meant in a tactical sense, not a description of motives. But it doesn't seem to be playing that way in various quarters. I'm in favor of the Boehner plan, not so much on the merits, but simply given the facts of our national situation. The best argument from opponents of Boehner, it seems to me, is not that we can get a wildly better piece of legislation by "forcing" the Senate to accept CCB. Rather, it's that the Senate won't pass the Boehner plan. In other words, the "purists" aren't being so naive as the "realists" claim. My only response to that is, they may be right. But a lot of people, starting with Boehner and McConnell, think passing this bill out of Congress will strengthen their hand and/or pass the Senate. I don't know if they're right, but I don't think they're naive either. Beyond that, I refer you to Krauthammer and Sowell.

Jonah Goldberg is a visiting fellow at AEI.

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