If John Boehner does convince some no votes to switch to yes, you wonder who they will be, how they explain the arm-twisting, and how that plays politically down the road.
This kind of last-minute, high-stakes whipping is very fraught for everyone involved. There’s a long tradition of this kind of thing happening, but in modern times with the press scrutiny of the Hill, there’s a new emerging tradition of these kinds of arm-twisting sessions proving politically embarrassing to the twister and the twistee alike.
Should be interesting.
David Kurtz is Managing Editor and Washington Bureau Chief of Talking Points Memo where he oversees the news operations of TPM and its sister sites.