You know, he has a point:
The president is in full campaign mode. So is Congress. The federal government has been put into a holding pattern until the November elections.
Like “Major, Major, Major” from “Catch-22,” it appears that although everyone in Washington is still there, no one is actually there.
This being the situation, one might ask — Why don’t they all go home? They could leave Washington to the pundits and lobbyists.
The president especially needs to leave.
Not because he has been ineffective in managing the nation, but because in his zeal to find new groups to blame for our economic failures, by leaving town he could be in a position to travel the countryside blaming what he left behind.
In fact, he could even blame the White House since he would not be there. He could claim no residency and thus no responsibility. He could run against Washington, the Congress and the White House. It would be the ultimate political strategy, deftly executed from Chicago. It would also place the blame where it should be.
Members of Congress, once they returned home or to wherever, could also run against themselves.
As long as this came with suspending their pay, it might not be a bad idea. Well, it’s a bad idea, but it’s an honest one. Because we might as well not have a government right now. Social security, debt, the economy — all of these are on the back burner for the next six months while we argue over whose fault the current mess is. The idea of solving problems — and pay the requisite political price — is regarded as heresy.