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July 14, 2011

Obama's Big Stupid Drama Queen Act

Drew covered it last night.

The only thing I want to note is that this was staged for effect. People do this. It's an obvious move in a negotiation. Usually people are more subtle and don't break out plays that were dated in the 1940s, but Obama and the rest of them don't have much business experience so this probably seemed like a really sweet play to them.

I don't know how much business experience our dolts have either, so maybe they were impressed by it.

But this is so standard. The dramatic walk-out. The firm declaration that I shall not yield. It's all bargaining-table improv theater.

There are probably 300 books on How To Win In a Negotiation and, along with stuff like "Give your opponents chairs shorter than your own" or "Have some of your own people stand behind theirs, silently" and the classic "Make them talk first," the Hissy Fit Walk-Out and Statement of Immutable Demand must be in every single one of them.

I just hope no one's terribly impressed by this.

But I have a feeling our own guys, who don't strike me as particularly tough, wee very impressed by it, and are all nervous now, as they were meant to be by this particular production of the Pennsylvania Avenue Players.

Below, audio from Eric Cantor describing the Hissy Fit Walk-Out.


Thanks to Miss80sBaby.

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