Mr. Smith: Friday at the Haikulodeon
Maiello: Brexit is Good
Savor this lame duck moment, for the tempest is coming. The 112th U.S. Congress will convene on January 3. Many of the new Republican representatives share an extreme agenda and a passionate disdain for their Democratic colleagues. The feeling is probably mutual. Get ready for a 3-D remake of the classic 1994 gridlock flick, "Republican Revolution."
Isn't it ironic? (Not in a literary way but in the less pedantic sense that Alanis Morissette meant.) In 2008, Obama ran for election promising to end Washington's dysfunctional partisan wars. In 2010, voters pummeled Democrats for his failure to fulfill that promise--by defeating moderates from both parties and electing even more partisan conservatives.
How did we get into this vicious cycle? Is it all the fault of the Republicans? Fox News? Obama? Corporate campaign donations? How do we get out of it?
Or is my prediction off? Will Obama sit down with Boehner and sort the whole thing out?