Climate change? Wait till next year. The war on women? Intensifying — see Texas State Sen. Wendy Davis. Voter suppression? “That Was the Week That Was,” a British satire, aired on NBC from 1964 to 1965, at the height of the civil rights movement. Talk about a time warp.
Foreign policy brought its own special headaches. And that’s on a good day. Bashar Assad’s use of chemical weapons meant getting serious about Syria, and automatically facing more “mock shock” from the right.
If you liked “The Phony Debt Ceiling Crisis, Part I,” you’ll love “Part II: Push America Off the Fiscal Cliff,” coming to a Congress near you this October. And competing for theater time is “The Sequestration” — which should frighten even Stephen King.
Opening this week was “Let’s Slash Food Stamps,” or the “Starve the Working Poor and Struggling Middle Class Bill.” As Republican Rep. Tim Huelskamp of Kansas said, “You can no longer sit on your couch ... and expect the federal taxpayer to feed you.” This from a man who will work 126 days (how long the House will be in session) and do nothing — or at least, not do the people’s business — for 239 days, while being fed on $172,000 of taxpayer money.
Finally, there’s Obamacare and the House Republicans’ vote to defund it. Again. And again. And again. And again. And again. It’s like a game show: “America’s Got Talent, Congress Doesn’t.”
If this all seems a bit sardonic, well, it’s been that kind of year, too.
But President Obama is an optimist. And despite the setbacks, when we look back, there will be moments we can point to and the president can say, because of that, “It was a very good year.”
Presidents are like quarterbacks — getting harassed and hit are part of the job description.