Face reality....a couple reminders:<quoted text>
I'm not talking about Obama specifically and Congress didn't hit its "standstill" until 2011, four years after the D's took over.
"As this year's congressional session closes out, obstructionism by the Republican minority reached a fever pitch and effectively stymied much of the Democrats' legislative program. In just the past few weeks alone, two bills that made up a major part of the Democratic agenda were killed through GOP parliamentary maneuvers.
On December 7, Republicans derailed an energy bill that would have reduced dependence on foreign oil, by denying it the 60 votes it needed to make it through the Senate. Democrats were forced to pass a watered-down measure. A few days later, a bill that would have expanded government-provided health insurance for children made it through the Senate but succumbed to President Bush's veto.
The two episodes underscored what has become an epidemic of gridlock within the halls of government. Indeed, a recent study by the progressive-research organization, Campaign for America's Future, claims that "conservatives in the U.S. Senate" have set a "modern-day record for obstruction." Only half way through the 110th Congress there have been 62 cloture votes to move beyond a filibuster, one more than the previous record set during the entirety of the 107th Congress in 2002..... But neither party's ideological base is much interested in compromise."
"At some point you just keep putting it off, there is going to be an explosion among the electorate or a third party."