The political realm is pathetic, truly pathetic. What's so frustrating is that a majority of Americans still give government credibility, at least they give the figurehead credibility. Yes, polls regarding Congress show that most Americans don't think highly of DC actors in general, but Obama has a 52% approval rating, so this tells me that the media/pop culture creation, called Barack Obama, is believable for many Americans. It's likely that most Presidents since the first dozen or so have been media/culture creations more than superior statesmen.
I was amazed that so many on the Right honored George Bush as a great President, and I was flabbergasted that anyone gave any credibility to Bill Clinton. George Bush was surrounded by experienced men and women who helped him through two terms. Clinton is a southern con artist who's good enough that he fooled a majority of Americans not once but about three times now. He's good in that sense.
I guess Americans are holding onto something that's left of our political tradition, and it's easier to make believe that an individual is an honorable, inspirational leader, or at least a political celebrity worth admiring, than to overlook all the flaws of government and congress people. I guess it's a good sign that Americans are acknowledging the failures of government and simply holding onto Presidents to ease the disappointment. Maybe Americans will stop relying of government to solve social and economic problems.
You can certainly forgive the American people when John Boehner, with his powerful government position, is intimidated and capitulates to the modern Paper Tiger Presidency. Yes, the President has power, but only because we give it to him. Obama is actually a very ordinary individual, and certainly he's not an extraordinary, intellectually superior Philosopher King. But to hear the media and Left praise him (or apologize for him), they still want to at least keep the make-believe going. Boehner hasn't capitulated yet, but there are enough weeny Republicans calling on him to capitulate so that it won't be long. First Boehner has to put on a show in front of the New Republicans to show them he's tough on spending. It's, indeed, a show.
This is a time in America's history that calls for brave individuals to come forward and articulate the failings of government and limits on government power that are necessary to bring the private sector back to a new era of achievement and prosperity. Achievement and prosperity are, however, denigrated by the political realm. Political players in DC, like Boehner, McConnell, Pelosi, Reid and Obama are such a lousy, small-minded lot they fall so far short of inspiration it's truly pathetic, truly.