In the game of golf, there is something called laying up. It refers to a tactical decision by the golfer not to take a risky shot that would, if successful, get him closer to the hole. Instead, he chooses to hit a shorter shot, away from the hazard in the hope of avoiding a costly mistake. Choosing to lose the battle in hopes of winning the war.
For those of you who enjoy golf, you know that laying up is sometimes the right thing to do, the prudent thing to so. It is a sign of maturity and earned wisdom.
And sometimes it simply means that you are a complete wimp.
Like golfers facing a water hazard while playing into a headwind, Republicans fear a government shutdown. For the last month, Congressional Republicans have been laying up.