"Make no mistake, the GOP's boundless animosity toward Democrats' recent legislative achievements and its upcoming caress of endless committee investigations will doubtlessly arouse its base to orgiastic heights of political ecstasy. But that base is in caught in a thrasher of demographic decline; and what's more, the larger electorate will soon sicken to the House GOP's nauseating monotony of attack, attack, attack, while twiddling, twiddling, twiddling away any responsible behavior of actual co-governance," - PM Carpenter. He's great on the health insurance unseriousness.

Maybe my new year began more mellowly than others' but I was struck by the rather harsh tone coming immediately from the partisan right this week. It felt off to me, politically tone-deaf ... leaving Obama to play the adult conciliator and deal-maker.

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