Truman Medal Lecture: Her bottom line:
What is different this time is the Tea Party, which has broken the norms of American governance.
I do not believe we can run the federal government effectively with this low a level of discretionary appropriations to GDP.
We will implement the ACA, and it will go reasonably well.
I'm disappointed the president has not been willing to put forward something very close to what's in his budget and say: "Come on , John! Let's do it!"
Alas! The curse of Green Lanternism has struck again...
A question I asked:
Let me press you a little on one of the points that you made. With respect to the "large policy gulfs" today, I don't see them. I look at the policies Barack Obama has tried to pursue, and I see:
- Mitt Romney's 2006-vintage health-care policy.
- George H.W. Bush's 1990-vintage foreign policy.
- John McCain's 2008-vintage global-warming policy.
- Bill Clinton's 1998-vintage tax policy
- Ronald Reagan's 1982-vintage fiscal-stimulus-in-recession policy.
These aren't large policy gulfs.
So where, then, does the polarization come from?
I must say, I am swinging around to thinking that the polarization comes from the fact that a great many Republican officeholders believe that their base thinks it elected them to demonstrate that not the Black Man but rather real Americans were still the boss--and that not a small number of Republican officeholders believe that that is their job: to demonstrate that not the Black Man but rather real Americans were still the boss, and thus that anything the press will not cover as a catastrophic defeat for Obama is, instead, a loss for them.
But I won't claim to understand it…