Remember how Obama was going to erase the divisive partisanship of Washington? Well, the country reelected a divided federal government, which ensures divisive partisanship will continue. But voters can duck responsibility by pointing to D.C. and shaking their heads over elected members of Congress doing exactly what they were elected to do.
And American confidence in its institutions will wither more. Which is fine by Obama since he wants to change them anyway.
President Obama can call on all sides to please, pretty please, come together for the good of the country. Just before he ignites yet another self-serving, unnecessarily bitter crisis to keep opponents feuding. And then calls on all sides to reject their politics of division.
Which, by the way, is how the Democrat mayors of Chicago’s machine have managed to rule the Windy City for eight decades, by keeping their party’s feuding factions feuding and unable to coalesce behind an alternative to the Big Guy in City Hall. The Big Guy now is Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who’s actually a tiny fellow who has what Chicago prizes, clout.