In case reporters were too dense to get the point, Eric Cantor's office underlined it in an unsubtle press release. The headline, "Cantor, House Republicans Strike New Tone, Focus On Areas Of Common Ground," acknowledged that the snarky, obstreperous old tone wasn't working for them.
You know how you said at campaign rallies that you did not like being identified as a politician? Don't worry. No one will ever mistake you for a politician. After this past week, they won't even mistake you for a top-notch negotiator.