• Who Would Work with Congress Less Badly?

    Congress is a mess. And somebody's got to clean it up. Or at least get his cleaning staff on it right away. And that man — according to a new poll — is Mitt Romney

    Romney’s message — a vote for Obama is a vote for more gridlock — seems to be getting through. Almost half of likely voters, 47 percent, think the Republican challenger would be better at ending the logjam, compared with 37 percent for Obama.

    With the race charging into its final week, Romney is pushing that idea. He increasingly portrays himself as a get-things-done, work-with-everybody pragmatist, in hopes of convincing independent voters that he can overcome Washington’s bitter partisanship.

    I actually kind of agree with this. I do think that Mitt Romney would have an easier time cooperating with congresspeople on both sides of the aisle. And that's for a couple reasons, not the least of which is that the people on one side of that aisle have made it their business not to cooperate with Obama on anything at all

    Congressional Republicans really have been implacably opposed to working with Obama and that’s meant Obama hasn't been able to get much done since Boehner was sworn in as speaker. At times, it’s been even worse than gridlock. The Sentinel notes that "with Obama in charge, the federal government came perilously close to a default last year."…

    "The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president," Mitch McConnell said.

    True as that may be, I think it ignores Romney's actual gifts as a politician. He, more than any human I've ever seen, is capable of agreeing with everybody on every issue at all times. I think, given a little bit of practice, he'd be able to agree with every member of Congress on even the most intricate of matters and inhabit their thoughts and devour their feelings, as would Shub-Niggurath, the Black Goat of the Woods with a Thousand Young, who descended from the night sky eons ago and set about her task of collecting souls to feed to her mewling brood.

    And isn't that what we really want in a president?

    Tags: Barack Obama, House of Representatives, Mitt Romney, Polls, Senate


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