To those of us of a certain age, Charles Schultz's round-headed kid was a familiar figure, and the way he always fell (literally) for Lucy Van Pelt's trick of yanking away the football at the crucial instant he put all he had into a kick was familiar to everyone. He ended up flat on his back, powerless and humiliated.

So it is with the feckless "leadership" of the Republican Party. Like poor Charlie, they have learned nothing from their past dealings with the Democrats. They keep believing the Democrats when they promise to make some concession after the Republicans go along with the current demands and threats of the Democrats.

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