Budget Negotiations & Movie Clips

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With the budget deficit package negotiation still being discussed in private meetings (no floor sessions yet in either chamber), it's come to my attention that there are some great movie clips that sum up the chaos of trying to reach accord at the state Capitol.

Yes, we're stepping away from the serious analysis for a moment.

It started with yesterday's explanation of the so-called "triple flip" tax swap of 2004, and the Rodney Dangerfield movie that featured the "Triple Lindy" diving maneuver.

Last night, in an exchange with a Democratic staffer, I suggested that those of us in the press corps wish we could send the following message to legislators:

... That is, if we really had any way of helping them sort out the $40 billion problem.

His reply: perhaps everyone should use the advice of Chevy Chase...

But I usually feel like another Chevy Chase character -- a reporter, of course -- when trying to get people to clue me in on what's going on:

But a former GOP staffer suggested a far more, well, universal suggestion as the budget saga continues:

And with that, we now return to you to your regular programming...

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About John Myers

John Myers is senior editor of KQED's new multimedia California Politics & Government Desk.  He has covered California politics for most of the past two decades -- serving previously as Sacramento bureau chief for KQED News and, most recently, as political editor for KXTV News10 (ABC) in Sacramento. He moderated the only gubernatorial debate of 2014, and was named one of the nation's top statehouse reporters by The Washington Post. Follow him on Twitter @johnmyers.

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