You may have noticed since then that the Coburn “plan” has not exactly become a leading Republican talking point.
Which is not exactly a refutation or a denial so much as a talking point aimed at giving political partisans something to say.
Over the weekend, this talking point made its way into the mainstream media's conventional wisdom.
This should be the first talking point out of the mouth of every Democrat who ever goes on TV to discuss anything.
Such an eventuality would, after all, fulfill their Carter talking point and enable them to go to town on it.
A few hours later on CNN, White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel repeated the talking point.
A frequent and related Republican talking point is that this move from Obama triggered the influx.
So Obama says the word "optimal," or the words "not optimal," and somehow this is a talking point.
But, as seen by the quotes above, the talking point about “overtime” did not fade away.
It took time to quiet her down and get her to the talking point.