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October 11, 2013 3:09 PM Center of Attention

By Ed Kilgore

I complained in the Lunch Buffet post that I was getting weary with having to pay so much attention to John Boehner’s feelings this week. But as this graph nestled in a Politico update on the fiscal maneuvering suggests, it may be unavoidable:

House Republicans want to move quickly so they can remain the focus of attention. If Senate Republicans craft a deal, there’s concern it would pose a problem for Boehner and blunt his ability to end the fiscal showdown on his terms. The president has long been trying to woo Republican senators, holding open-ended budget talks throughout the year, though those discussions were broken off in August over a lack of progress.

I guess this means Boehner is afraid that if he is not large and in charge in the endgame of this whole fiasco, it will show his intra-party enemies weakness that could later cost him his gavel. Otherwise, it just means the man craves attention and credit, and is jealous of those camera-hogging senators, and he’s far too much of a statesman for such petty motives, isn’t he?

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.

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