“You’ve got to know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em, know when to walk away, know when to run…”– Kenny Rogers
The following conversation was overheard at a recent cookout:
“Attention everyone! Let me just say that this has been a very entertaining week! I’ve especially enjoyed the conversations about healthcare. While I know that many of you have made promises you have very little chance of delivering on, I love that the conversation has been centered around how you’ll actually increase the number of people who are covered. Great stuff!
I’m also impressed by how many of you at The Big Table have shown that you can take a hit. In the last couple of days, y’all have been punched, kicked, and stabbed with plastic forks. You may have a few bruises, and a few random Kool-Aid and Panburger Partna’ stains on your clothes, but you’re still here!
Y’all, we’ve reached a new step in this process. We’re sorta like the New Orleans Saints, in that we’re gonna have to cut this roster way down before we play our first real game in Houston in September. At least half of y’all won’t be with us after Labor Day.
As I’ve mentioned before, we’ve set up several bags of delicious to-go sammiches on what used to be the Governor’s Card Table. This is a good time to look inside your wallets, your polling, and…your hearts. It’s time to ask yourself, “Is it time for me to grab my sammich and head home?” Eric…uh…[checks notes]…SWALWELL…saw the writing on the wall, and had the good sense to grab a fresh sammich.
Now I know that this may be a very difficult decision to make, so I’ve created a flow chart to help you out. It’ll be taped to the wall above the sammiches. At your earliest convenience, take a moment to check it out, then take some time for some personal reflection.
That’s all for right now. Again, thank you.”