I’m watching the extraordinary appearance of Barack Obama at the House Republican caucus. ?It’s very recognizable to me. ?It’s Tony Blair’s Masochism strategy. ?Let them beat you up, loudly, publicly. ?The bet is that you’ll come out looking reasonable, courageous, and like a leader, while the ones beating you up look petty and partisan. ?Will it work? ?We’ll see.

Either way, I’ve never seen a sitting US president take questions from the opposing party in Congress, repeatedly, on live television. ?Let alone from a Republican Party happy to look completely disingenuous, petty, and partisan.

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