Response I made in a thread over on Patriot Action Network about the whole "I want to give my jobs speech the same night as the GOP debate" kerfluffle:
You people really don't get it, do you? Someone in that Administration is a *master* of political theater. The President just handed Speaker Boehner is very own set of prime-time political testicles. By giving Boehner the opportunity to "stare down the POTUS" over the speech vs. debate timing, Obama has magically redeemed the Speaker in the eyes of conservatives everywhere. The op-ed pieces praising the Speaker's "newfound political courage" and "refusal to kowtow to the President" will henceforth flow from the pundits of the right, thus purging the memory of the body politic, that fickle and ADHD mob, of any recollection of how tightly the Speaker and the House leadership were in cahoots with the Senate and the White House over the whole "debt ceiling crisis". My inner Machiavellian cynic salutes you both, Mister President and Mister Speaker. Beautifully played.