Doubtless you recall all the recent chatter by the Beltway's elegantly photogenic, journalistically sophisticated elite about Grover Norquist being partisan toast and Republican congressfolk capitulating to reality and John Boehner shrewdly leaking through top goons a shocking willingness to boost rates and in general a budget deal being close, oh so close, ever so doable, we're just about there.
Now this, from Ezra Klein:
We’re seeing two things here. One is that the negotiations aren’t going well.... The other is that Republicans are frustrated at the new Obama they’re facing: The Obama who refuses to negotiate with himself.
Maybe we could somehow force from retirement all the old Jack Germonds--the unpretty, overweight, chain-smoking, bourbon-and-branchwater veteran journalists who actually understood politics and the often diabolic personalities within it.