Jay Cost blames Obama for legislative impasses:
It's easy to blame the Senate for inactivity - but the problem is the House. It has consistently passed legislation that is too far to the left for the Senate and the country. Ultimate responsibility rests with the President, whose expressed indifference toward policy details has allowed the more vigorous House Democrats, led by an extraordinarily vigorous Speaker, to dominate. That the President consistently praised the House and blamed the Senate in his State of the Union address suggests that he remains unaware of this problem.
Has Jay Cost heard of the filibuster that doesn't even filibuster and a legislative strategy of zero cooperation from the GOP from the very first week? Without those, healthcare reform and climate change legislation would be passed by now. But I get the sense that Obama is adjusting fast.