So, nu? There’s maybe a bissel budget deal in the offing?
Let me get this straight:
–Sen. Murray and Rep. Ryan may actually agree on a budget, i.e., top line discretionary spending numbers, that shaves a bit off of the mindless 2014/15 sequester cuts?
–The healthcare.gov website is on the mend—not perfect, but much better.
–Speaker Boehner, as per the link above, is solidly on record against another shutdown; Sen. Cruz is nowhere in sight.
Must one pinch oneself? Is Dysfunction Junction applying for a name change? Is this the beginning of some sort of turnabout?
Surely not, but instead of the usual “everything’s as bad as ever, don’t be fooled!” let’s contemplate one aspect of this (briefly, as I’m on the road, scrunched in an airplane seat that would be a tight fit for a four-year old; btw, here’s a thought: you can’t lean your seat back in coach! Sorry, but unless I’m your dentist, it just doesn’t work).
That aspect is not pretty, I grant you, but it is: disgust. Polls quite clearly reveal that most people, even if they’re not paying that much attention, have pretty much come to loathe the DC dysfunction act. Yes, there’s a minority that feels differently, but as I said, the Cruz contingent is absent, at least for now. Most grownups—even most kids—tend to do what’s expected of them a good bit of the time. We generally do our job and we don’t like to see our electeds or anyone else not do theirs.
Now, you can’t rebuild a great nation on disgust and loathing alone, but it’s a start. People, and I include many politicians, will generally rise to the level of expectations. The majority of the electorate expects the Congress to do a better job of working together and there’s some preliminary, partial evidence that they might be doing so—and yes, there are multiple hedges in that sentence.
So, no Kumbaya; for the foreseeable future I will have lots of opponents with whom to wrangle on cable news. But stay tuned. There may be a pinprick of light here.