We’ve basically accepted the fact that government can’t get things done anymore. We have relegated the very concept of big ideas and big accomplishments to a quaint part of our not so recent past. In Massachusetts, there have been monumental failures. In Washington, the perpetually grim-faced John Boehner is a poster boy for stalemate. Our entire economy hangs by a thread, and a collection of nitwitted politicians seem to take perverse pride in the fact that they are miles apart.
But put that aside for a moment. Put aside the chronically low expectations, the fear that we’re about to fall off the fiscal cliff, the notion that we’ve already disappeared into the partisan divide.