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A long twilight struggle

"A long twilight struggle" Continued...

Issue: "Going it alone," Nov. 2, 2013

Lankford preaches patience. He believes more Americans will understand why the House GOP fought when voters start paying higher premiums, face penalties, have fewer doctors to choose from, and have trouble finding full-time work because of Obamacare. “The thought that you can come in and throw one Hail Mary pass and you are going to score a TD and get everything done is certainly exciting, but it’s not real,” Lankford said. “We have to be able to find ways to be able to move things along four yards at a time and continue to make progress.”

Lankford sees it as at least a 10-year battle. By then the students in Hultgren’s Capitol tour will be old enough to vote, perhaps making his talk at Statuary Hall as important as the shutdown negotiations then occurring a few miles down Pennsylvania Avenue.

Edward Lee Pitts
Edward Lee Pitts

Lee is WORLD's Washington Bureau chief. As a reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press, he was embedded with a National Guard unit in Iraq. He also once worked in the press office of Sen. Lamar Alexander.

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