Ungovernable is used as a partisan tactic. It’s only used because the country doesn’t want to do what they want to do. The country is quite governable, albeit gullible at times. It’s just a big PR campaign.
The problem with Obama and the Democrats is they are lousy at actual leading. They are make for a great opposition party. They are good for holding others accountable, but given a position of leadership succumb to the same incentives that the last guy faced. But even W was able to pass legislation for further his agenda. Democrats were so sure of their intellect and superiority over Bush, even though they were duped by him multiple times, they assumed governing was the easy part.
Obama is learning the hard way that campaigning and leadership are two very separate things. As a result, the market is doing what markets always do, correct past mistakes when allowed to do so.
The Democrats are making a huge mistake in their handling of the Tea parties and the growing Libertarian movement. By demonizing them, the Democrats are relegating themselves to Minority status for another 20 years. I’m afraid that the Republicans will also mis-interpret that as well. Hopefully that will change and the two parties will start talking to each other instead of talking past each other, but that might be a pipe dream as well.
I wrote that in response to another great post by Charles Rowley. Everyone seriously needs to put him on your daily blog-roll, stat!
The media, and Paul Krugman, are simply wrong in this assessment. The United States currently is being governed precisely in the manner predicted by the Founding Fathers (albeit with one exception). The Founding Fathers never anticipated the emergence of the Imperial Presidency. The Senate presently is fulfilling its role of ameliorating damage that might otherwise have occurred as President Obama forgot his obligations and moved forward with a policy agenda rejected by a significant majority of the United States electorate.
I have little doubt that Barack Obama mis-interpreted the nature of his significant victory, uplifted as he must have been by the tumultuous welcome that his victory received from a population rejoicing that the evil stain of slavery, in part at least, finally had been scrubbed clean. In reality, a frightened electorate was looking to its new President for a moderate policy agenda that would ease the country out of the financial crisis and economic recession, and return it to the era of The Great Moderation, 1984-2000, when stagflation had been eliminated, and steady economic growth, high rates of employment, and low rates of inflation blessed this exceptional nation.