"Broken" Government: When Liberals Lose

The media quickly adopted the conventional Democrat wisdom that government was "broken" because liberals couldn't pass ultraliberal bills. That wasn't their line during the last presidency.

When Sen. Evan Bayh of Indiana announced last week he wasn't running for re-election, he didn't state what may have seemed obvious. He couldn't say he wanted to avoid the embarrassment of losing, or that he worried he'd never achieve national office if that happened. Instead, he launched into a lecture about what was wrong with everyone else. The government is "dysfunctional" with "brain-dead partisanship."

It's "Groundhog Day." This scenario repeats itself every time the Democrats take control.

Bayh's bleats hardened quickly into the media's conventional wisdom. Why can't the politicians hold hands in a Kumbaya circle and get "something" done? Translation: when Obama and a Democrat-dominated Congress can't nationalize the health-care system and force everyone to drive a Prius, suddenly government is "dysfunctional." When gridlock is holding up the liberals' agenda, Washington should know "the people" sent them to pass massive ultraliberal bills.