The Hill has a small strategy scoop on the GOP tactic in the health-care debate: House Minority Leader John Boehner is planning to "crash" the bipartisan health-care summit on Thursday. A House GOP leadership aide told the newspaper that, during a closed-door Republican meeting earlier today, Boehner appealed to his colleagues by saying, “We shouldn’t let the White House have a six-hour taxpayer-funded infomercial on Obamacare. We need to show up. We need to crash the party.”
Personally, I’d love to see a hilarious C-Span-gone-Wedding-Crashersincident, something that involves Boehner attempting to disguise
himself as a Democrat to gain entry to the Blair House, à la Vince Vaughn. And it would fit in nicely with the overarching Republican lament of being shut out of health-care reform. There's only one small problem with the "crash" scenario: namely, that the Republicans were to the health-care summit. Republicans can take issue with whether their ideas are actually incorporated into the Democrats' bill. But I don’t see any way in which they can position the specific summit as an event they were barred entry from, one they must "crash," given that their names are on the invitation.