Is Washington gridlocked because the parties are intellectually exhausted?
Does every new policy idea really need Republican support to be taken seriously?
When you're judging policy, "good" and "bad" make sense. So does "popular" and "unpopular," and "likely to pass" and "no chance." But "the center"? Not so much.
Jonathan Rauch thinks President Obama can avoid "Carterdom" by releasing a big legislative proposal combining short-term stimulus and long-term deficit reduction. The only problem? Obama has already released that proposal.