We’re all really broken up about this, sure:
…it was another ugly yet routine day in the dysfunctional United States Senate. Reid and McConnell can barely stand each other.
Their feud echoes America’s political mood: Polarized. Angry. Untrusting. And it’s a key reason Congress doesn’t work.
But it’s not really a key reason. Even if Harry Reid was sufficiently neurotypical to try to work with Mitch McConnell more (or, indeed, at all) nothing in Congress would still get done, because the actual key reason why ‘Congress doesn’t work’ is because the House of Representatives refuses to enable Barack Obama’s dysfunctional ideas of what constitutes responsible government. Which is why we have a bicameral legislature: our government was designed by some of the smartest functional paranoids the world has ever seen. Our current situation, in other words, is not a failure of the system: it is a defense mechanism of the system. (more…)