The mood in Congress: 'It's dysfunction'

  • Article by: Rosalind S. Helderman , Washington Post
  • Updated: October 12, 2013 - 10:29 PM

Both parties seem to be able to agree on one thing: A foul mood.

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arspartzOct. 12, 13 7:15 PM

Yep, their behavior is making less likely that a liberal will vote for the GOP. It is, however, making it more likely that I, a libertarian, will vote for the GOP. The liberal was never going to vote to the right side any way. That is no loss. Get me back is a gain.

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owatonnabillOct. 12, 1311:04 PM

Past budget fights have ended with Senate Republicans forging agreement with Senate Democrats and then shoving it over to the House to be adopted on a bipartisan vote... Republicans in both chambers appeared to be bracing for a repeat of that outcome, which would solve the current crisis but only deepen mistrust between Republicans in the Senate and in the House" .............. Solve? Hardly. Postpone is more like it. This is complicated by the fact that the Republican Party is and has been for the past three-plus years not one party but two, and that particularly uneasy coalition is weakening by the day. As much as they vilify the Tea Party and wish they would just go away, the unpleasant fact is that Boehner, McConnell, McCain, et al can't get a blessed thing done without them. So this will continue. Oh, there may be a temporary Band-Aid or two applied, but the real showdown is yet to come.

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