Michael Gerson: The exhausted political class

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  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 18, 2013 12:41 p.m.

    But at least the tea party radical right is ineffective and back in the isolated corner.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Dec. 18, 2013 12:11 p.m.

    the budget deal cuts military retirement pensions which translates to those wounded warriors that get their legs blown off in the middle east serving their country now get their living pension cut thanks to our gutless - self serving - congress. We fund contraception for sexually active women but cut the small pensions to our brave soldiers. What a country.

  • 10CC Bountiful, UT
    Dec. 18, 2013 9:26 a.m.

    With a two year budget in hand, that clears the way for addressing some of the substantive issues, like tax reform and entitlement reform.

    Boehner tried things the Tea Party way, and that blew up, so he was right to exercise some courage and work around the hard right. I hope Obama will do something similar, and perhaps he and Boehner can revive their discussions of a grand bargain on the other big issues, though realistically there may not be any movement until the 2014 elections are over.

    (Politics is the art of accomplishing what is possible, and nothing is possible unless you're elected.)

  • SCfan clearfield, UT
    Dec. 18, 2013 7:16 a.m.

    Well don't worry, Mr. Gerson, the 12th round bell is about to sound, and after 5 years of Obama, and a super majority Democrat advantage in Congress beginning back in 2009, I'd say the Republicans have created a draw up to now. Pretty good considering that back in 2009 there were actually so called political experts who were talking about the demise of the Republican Party as a national party. Implying that from now on America was going to be governed by Democrat liberal, Democrat moderate, and a little Democrat lite sprinkled in.