by Quin Hillyer
American government is in a holding pattern right now. It’s a stalemate, a waiting game, a gerbil’s wheel. Everybody knows that Congress won’t approve new domestic proposals from Barack Obama; indeed, not even the Democratic Senate can pass Obama’s bills, because several Democrats keep defecting from what they view as politically suicidal approaches. But everybody also knows the Democratic Senate won’t pass any bills forwarded by the Republican House, and that Obama would likely veto anything substantial that does somehow sneak through. Obama, planning for his re-election, has decided his best route is to attack, attack, and attack, and to sharpen the ideological differences between him and his opponents. Republicans, convinced that Obama’s ideology is deeply unpopular, are perfectly happy to see him go that route – and perfectly happy, for reasons either principled or political, to oppose him.