Bob Davis: Quiet on the set … aaaand action
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House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio pauses during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014. Boehner said Thursday it will be difficult to pass immigration legislation this year, dimming prospects for one of President Barack Obama's top domestic priorities. Photo: J. Scott Applewhite/The Associated Press
House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio pauses during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014. Boehner said Thursday it will be difficult to pass immigration legislation this year, dimming prospects for one of President Barack Obama's top domestic priorities. Photo: J. Scott Applewhite/The Associated Press
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The second season of House of Cards, the Netflix series on Washington politics, landed on laptops and other devices this weekend. Perhaps this is why when observing the political scene, I’m having a hard time distinguishing real life from the movies.

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“Republicans’ new acquiescence to letting the government pile up more debt with no strings attached paid double political dividends: It spared the GOP another politically debilitating showdown with President Barack Obama and also forced Democrats to cast votes that rivals immediately used against them in this year’s midterm elections.” — Donna Cassata, The Associated Press

“You don’t tell your pappy how to court the electorate. We ain’t one-at-a-timin’ here. We’re MASS communicating!” — Gov. Pappy O’Daniel, O Brother Where Art Thou?
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“For a bill to pass the House with such scant support from the party in control, most members of the Republican majority had to quietly want it to pass to avoid the real-world consequences — an economy-rattling default — while being able to vote against it to dodge a backlash from conservative activists threatening repercussions.” — Carl Hulsey, The New York Times

“You never knew. That was his power. The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist. And like that, poof. He’s gone.” — Verbal Kint, The Usual Suspects
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“Less than three years ago, House Speaker John Boehner boldly demanded ‘trillions’ in spending cuts in exchange for raising the national borrowing limit.

“‘Let me be as clear as I can be,’ Boehner told the Economic Club of New York in May 2011. ‘Without significant spending cuts and reforms to reduce our debt, there will be no debt limit increase.’

“But on Tuesday, everything changed.” — Manu Raju and Jake Sherman, Politico

“My Mama always said you’ve got to put the past behind you before you can move on.” — Forrest Gump, Forrest Gump
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“I’m pleased that Republicans and Democrats in Congress have come together to pay for what they’ve already spent, and remove the threat of default from our economy once and for all,” Obama said in a statement, adding that he hoped “this puts an end to politics by brinkmanship.” — Tom Cohen, CNN

“Come on, Charlie Brown. I’ll hold the ball and you kick it.” — Lucy van Pelt, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving
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“After the House of Representatives passed a ‘clean’ debt-limit increase without any spending cuts attached, Senator Ted Cruz (R., Texas), whose 21-hour Obamacare filibuster preceded the government shutdown, announced that he would block any effort to pass the measure by simple majority vote in the Senate. ...

“Cruz’s Republican opponents saw the move as opportunism.

“‘Republicans don’t have any leverage after the shutdown, but this enables Cruz to take the spotlight again,’ says a GOP aide. ‘It’s unfortunate.’” — Andrew Stiles, National Review

“You know, I’m getting input here that I’m reading as relatively hostile. I mean, it’s … VERY hostile!” — Farmer Ted, Sixteen Candles
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“ ‘There is a pragmatism here,’ Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), who founded the Tea Party Caucus four years ago, said last week. ‘You’ve got to know when to hold them and when to fold them. My assessment is that most of us don’t think it’s the time to fight.’ ” — Paul Kane and Robert Costa, The Washington Post

“Hakuna Matata. It means ‘no worries.’” — Pumbaa, The Lion King
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“‘A clean debt ceiling is a complete capitulation on the Speaker’s part and demonstrates that he has lost the ability to lead the House of Representatives, let alone his own party. Speaker Boehner has failed in his duty to represent the people and as a result, it is time for him to go… Fire the Speaker,’ said Tea Party Patriots co-founder Jenny Beth Martin in a statement before the vote.” — Alexis Levinson, The Daily Caller

“You’re all late for tea!” — The March Hare, Alice in Wonderland.

Bob Davis is associate publisher/editor of The Anniston Star. Contact him at 256-235-3540 or bdavis@annistonstar.com. Twitter: EditorBobDavis.
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