“I think there’s no doubt that I underestimated the degree to which in this town politics trump problem solving,” Obama said today on CBS Sunday Morning. “Washington feels as broken as it did four years ago." The president said the fact that he hasn’t “been able to change the atmosphere here in Washington” is his biggest frustration.
Obama apparently has no real problem with Romney's attacks on his handling of the US economy. "That is his argument and you don't hear me complaining about him making that argument because if I was in his shoes I would be making the same argument,” Obama said. But by the same token, Obama is not interested in apologizing for his attacks on Romney's conduct while running Bain Capital. “Mr. Romney claims he's Mr. Fix-It for the economy because of his business experience, so I think voters entirely legitimately want to know what is exactly his business experience" said the President, speaking to a reporter from WAVY-TV in Portsmouth, VA, over the weekend, during his campaign swing through Virginia.
It is what it is. Sarah Palin, celebrity spokesperson, once famously asked the president "how's that hopey changey thing workin' for ya.'" Not terribly well, now admits the President. But it takes two trains to make a train wreck. And the Republican train from day one showed no interest in calling the dispatcher to avoid a crash.
Here's the thing about the US mode of governance. With the Senate filibuster in place, this nation is essentially ungovernable in the absence of compromise. And yup, there has been no compromise in the past 3 years- so don't be surprised by the results being poor.
So where are we? Well, we have around 4 months to go in the election campaign. After the election campaign, we could have a couple of outcomes. The one that seems less likely is M. Romney winning and then struggling against the Tea Party that brought him to the dance. The one that seems more likely is B Obama getting to live in the same house, but with continued animosity from the right wing- which is just about the entire Republican Party now, since moderates are no longer welcome.
Best bet is continued rain with a chance of earthquake.