The most brilliant strategies are usually the simplest.  I learned it from my mother, as countless other young women with young children did.  Besides parenting, though, I discovered its usefulness in other environments, such as work and social situations.  The art of distraction.  When the attention upon something becomes uncomfortable, throw a distraction in; then watch the focus move off the point of contention and on to another, less intense topic.

It’s very useful in government.  And it’s being played out, for the millionth time on this front.

We’re waiting for the swift stroke of Obama’s pen; the belligerent executive order.  That’s simply the seal on the deal, the ref that yells “Play Ball!”

 

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