Politically, it's brilliant. Use the congressional Republicans as a punching bag, and win the support and admiration of the moderates win a few dumbasses like Kotter to your side. This is the kind of stunt that Kotter-types eat up like tapioca pudding.
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"You and I are told we must choose between a left or right, but I suggest there is no such thing as a left or right. There is only an up or down. Up to man's age-old dream – the maximum of individual freedom consistent with order – or down to the ant heap of totalitarianism." -Ronald Reagan