There is "Governing" the way the Mr. Barone thinks of it (correctly) and there is "Governing" the way Democrats think of it (winning political elections). The Republicans are the bad guys that wont raise taxes on the rich and want to cut spending on Oliver Twist to buy guns and start wars. Obama is our saviour. Give Obama 39% 49% 59% 69% tax brackets, a $20 minimum wage as a package that will send the country into a tailspin but have all Rs ABSTAIN and let it pass with 100% Dem votes. Obama and the Dems get the credit or the blame.