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
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
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
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