Politics is not unlike theater. Theater has actors; Washington has politicians. Theater has storylines; politics has messages. Theatrical productions have characters; politics has its fair share of characters to be sure. Actors use props; politicians use data.
During one recent Democratic production, the expected props failed to arrive. But the actors were determined the show go on. They took their spots and improvised, sticking largely to the preconceived storyline.
The drama begins
Fiction is well and good in the theatrical realm, but in the world of politics, facts often prove unwelcome and contentious visitors. The findings of a recent Congressional Budget Office (CBO) study are a case in point.