A House divided.
A year to the day since Ohio’s John Boehner and 87 eager freshmen took Washington by storm, House Republicans are bruised from battle, irritated with each other and have lost trust in their leadership.
The president whose agenda they came to Washington to stop is vowing to spend the year scoring political points against Republicans now, and they don’t have much leverage against him.
Now, they’re trying to figure out how to revamp their agenda to find much needed political and policy victories in advance of the November election.
As I began reading the news this morning I couldn't help thinking about how things felt a year ago. Those relfections are what promoted my first post today about President Obama as legislator, negotiator and fighter.
Things did look pretty bleak in the aftermath of the 2010 election. I remember conversing on-line with liberals, blue dogs and conservatives...all of whom were having a field day blaming everything under the sun on President Obama (many of them, in all their cluelessness, still are).
But in the intervening 12 months, we've begun to see the effects of short-term thinking as a power grab. The Republicans pandered to their extremist base - which worked during a time of economic stress and a midterm election. They had their moment in the sun with that strategy and now its coming back to haunt them - both in Congress as well as the Presidential election.
Through all that, President Obama has remained his own cool self, continued to fight the good fight, and kept his eye on the North Star.
So, my job is to make sure that we have a North Star out there, what is helping people live out their lives; what is giving them more opportunity; what is growing the economy; what is making us more competitive. At any given juncture there are going to be times that my preferred option, what I am absolutely, positively sure is right, I can’t get done. And so then, my question is, does it make sense for me to tack a little bit this way or that way because I am keeping my eye on the long-term and the long fight. Not my day-to-day news cycle, but where am I going over the long-term.
That's the turtle telling us how slow and steady wins the race.