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Boehner springs the trap

There’s been a lot of coverage so far today about Leader Boehner’s major speech this morning.

The White House has already gone into full attack mode and ABC’s Jake Tapper is already calling it a preview of what’s to come in 2011.

But, as usual, what’s of most interest to me is how the speech effects the November election.

In that respect, Andrew Malcolm of the LA Times made a fantastic point:

Boehner’s communications staff springs the trap. Having drawn their DNC opponents into helping to publicize the Republican speech, just before he speaks and in time for the morning news shows they leak the fairly dramatic news that the GOP leader’s remarks will call for the mass firing of Obama’s entire economic time for, in effect, engineering the prolonged period of unemployment. Which gets the debate back onto the economy where the GOP wants it.

No matter what the talking points that come from the Democratic opposition, any day where the focus of the media is on the economy, spending, jobs, or health care is a win for the GOP in this environment.

Score another one for Boehner.

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