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The problem on Capitol Hill is not:

  • President Obama’s supposedly fraudulent birth certificate
  • Nor that the Democrats are bleeding heart liberals
  • That the Republicans are stingy assholes, stealing from the poor
  • Or that Nancy Pelosi is hard-nosed and vituperative
  • That Speaker Boehner is sly or sneaky
  • That the Republicans are in control
  • That the Democrats are stubborn
  • That the Tea Party is confusing everyone
  • That Michelle Bachman or Sara Palin could be our next President
  • Obamacare
  • Bailouts
  • Spending cuts

The problem, my friends, is this: “It’s not as bad as it looks.”

This is the diagnosis according to Speaker of the House, John Boehner in an interview with Scott Pelley (CBS Evening News) on August 1, 2011.

A little past 2 minutes into this interview, Pelley asks Boehner: “Has Congress lost the ability to settle down and make agreements?”

Boehner responds: “There is the public noise and then there’s the private discussions. Some of the most liberal members of Congress are great friends of mine. We get along just fine. The American people don’t see the kind of cooperation that does exist off camera. … It’s not as bad as it looks.”

I submit to you my personal theory about the condition on Capitol Hill.

It’s worse than it looks because deals are made under the table. Neither party gives a crap about you and me, or about the guys fighting our “war on terror,” or about the folks living under bridges because  they got screwed by big business. What Capitol Hill is about, is securing the money to get elected the next time, and after that it’s about getting those nice big fat consulting and guest speaker jobs that help continue to obfuscate the whole shebang.

We’re in serious trouble folks because the gridlock is in the form of cooperation.