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.