…and Howard Gleckman asks that you imagine they're a couple of bros in their 20s:
Listening to Barack Obama and John Boehner over the past few days put me in mind of two testosterone-addled 22-year olds preparing for a bar fight, rather than the President of the United States and the Speaker of the House discussing fiscal policy. […] An optimist, which I am not, might think this is exactly the sort of macho posturing two 22-year olds do to avoid a fight. They splash their drinks and pound the bar. They wave fingers in one another’s faces and yell a lot, but they are really looking for a face-saving way to avoid a busted nose. A pessimist would say that both men, but especially Boehner, are captive of political forces beyond their control. The speaker is again being goaded into this brawl by a group of GOP lawmakers who can think of nothing more productive than busting up the bar.
The Boehner/Obama Fiscal Brawl [TaxVox via Tax Update]