The State of the Union Is Comatose: I like Frank Rich’s Op-Ed Title and his survey of political landscape.
I like Frank Rich’s Op-Ed Title and his survey of the political landscape. Sizing up the current conditions and motivation for people and politicians to actually change behavior is part of the fun of figuring out how to catalyze a transpartisan shift in our divisive partisan culture and related governance quagmire. Walt
………Good thing, too, since our union is not strong. It is paralyzed. Many Americans were more eagerly anticipating Steve Jobs’s address in San Francisco on Wednesday morning than the president’s that night because they have far more confidence in Apple than Washington to produce concrete change. One year into Obama’s term we still don’t know whether he has what it takes to get American governance functioning again. But we do know that no speech can do the job. The president must act. Only body blows to the legislative branch can move the country forward.
The historian Alan Brinkley has observed that we will soon enter the fourth decade in which Congress — and therefore government as a whole — has failed to deal with any major national problem, from infrastructure to education. The gridlock isn’t only a function of polarized politics and special interests. There’s also been a gaping leadership deficit………