While most media accounts of the fiscal cliff fiasco have focused on Republicans' travails, few have adequately noted Democrats' starring role in our current dysfunction. Harry Reid obstructed a vote on the president's plan, Nancy Pelosi whipped votes against her own erstwhile plan, and the president has fully retreated from ideas he supported as recently as last year. A pre-Christmas Wall Street Journal article walks readers through the failed...
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BENSON: "Our hyper-partisan president's overwhelming interest seems to be crippling his political opponents, not fixing the problem." Hyper-partisan? It took him years to overcome his (unfortunately all-too-typical) liberal hope that if people of goodwill can just hold hands, sing Kumbaya, and overcome their differences, they can make good things happen. He finally figured out that the other side is dominated by reactionary obstructionist idiots and that the only way to move the country forward is to be firm and show the public exactly what kind of people are putting sand in the gears of effective governance. So far, it seems to be working.
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