Is it too much to ask Clive Crook to write:
The Republicans had control of the White House and strong working majorities in the Senate and House for six years from 2001-2006, during which they created about 2/3 of our current long-run fiscal gap via the unfunded Medicare Part D and the Bush tax cuts...
rather than things like:
Voters will rebuke Washington itself: The fiscal outlook is so bad that it might be better to let Democrats confront it their way (higher taxes on business and the better off) or Republicans their way (whatever this might be: they still have not said)...
Yes, it is too much to ask. The fact that when Republicans control the government they make the long-term fiscal situation worse and when Democrats control the government they make the long-term fiscal situation better is one of the most dependable regularities in American governance since the end of Eisenhower's term. Yet Clive Crook does not dare mention it.
Why oh why can't we have a better press corps?