Twitterton (on the Potomac)

Obama bound by Congress, media

Or “Fuck­nutsville” accord­ing to the President’s Chief of Staff. An intrigu­ing sto­ry of dys­func­tion­al, triv­i­al­is­ing, momen­tary, par­ti­san­ship in Amer­i­can gov­ern­ment.

Bro­ken gov­ern­ment? Maybe… The point of this long Van­i­ty Fair essay seems to be that “no-dra­ma” Oba­ma is the man for his times; angling to res­ur­rect endur­ing vic­to­ries for good gov­ern­ment from beneath the treach­er­ous muck of cur­rent opin­ion.

Of course, press sto­ries about the cor­rupt­ing impact of the five-minute fac­toid on good sense and gov­er­nance are obvi­ous­ly sus­pect. They love that they scorn. But this is both more depress­ing, and bet­ter writ­ten, than most ‘insid­er’ White House sto­ries.

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