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March 9, 2013

A divided GOP house will fall

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“But they would have won even more than big time if the Republicans had killed it, because women would take that to the polls two years from now.”

“So it’s a win-win situation for both parties,” I said.

“It’s like a chess game, where you take a loss in order to win bigger on another move down the line,” Freddy said. ‘‘Obama needs the House back big time. He’s got four more years, but he’s going to have to live with a Republican House for at least two of them. Even if Democrats get the House back he’ll only have two more years of his presidency with a supporting Congress for making whatever history he leaves behind.’’

“On the face of it, this vote doesn’t seem to be all that important,” I said.

“Look for more of it, because from here on out Republicans are going to be playing defense doing what they can to get ready for 2016 when Obama leaves office,” Freddy said. “He hasn’t quit running because he can’t, and neither have his backers out there raising the big bucks to take back the House and bring back Pelosi and company.”

“Think they can do it?” I asked.

“With the Republicans split the way they are?” Freddy asked.

“Sometimes, you have to let a rotting tooth be pulled rather than live with the pain. If Republicans lose the House two years from now Democrats will have the field all to themselves, and no one else to blame for what we have to live with.”

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Bill Plante is a Newbury resident and a staff columnist.

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