COMITY AND CUCUMBER SANDWICHES. Given the recent furor over the MoveOn ad using the term BetrayUs and also the instantaneous reaction to John Kerry's troop joke last fall it is interesting to watch whether Democrats will make any kind of hay over Boehner's "small price" comment. Sure, he may not have meant the troop deaths when he used the term "small price." But similar clarifications concerning Kerry's joke or the BetrayUs one haven't gotten much traction in the media.

There is a certain imbalance in the way comity is practiced, these days. One party offers tea and cucumber sandwiches, the other party throws them back.

--J. Goodrich