This they don't get.
But voters around the country - looking at the colossal mess that such deliberations have brought us - do.
That's why liberals are on the run and "moderate" Republicans - like Utah's Senator Orrin Hatch - are facing the wrath of their party's base.
To illustrate, here's an interesting exchange in Steven Moore's "Orrin Hatch Battles Ted Kennedy's Ghost in Utah":
What many conservatives view as Mr. Hatch's worst fiscal sin was co-sponsoring the 1997 children's health-care plan (S-Chip) with the late Ted Kennedy. I remember a few days after that bill passed, when an exuberant Mr. Hatch boasted to a conservative gathering that "I rolled Ted Kennedy" because "it's not an entitlement" and the bill didn't have the panoply of health benefits liberals wanted.Kennedy celebrated the fact that he got what he wanted. Hatch celebrated the fact that Kennedy got only half of what he wanted.
One skeptic asked Mr. Hatch, "Don't you think that's what Mr. Kennedy is telling his liberal allies right now about you?" As feared, the law has ballooned in cost and the episode has reinforced the view among conservatives that Orrin Hatch is an unreliable deal-cutter.
In either case, Kennedy - and Hatch - grew the government and added another entitlement (Hatch's denial aside) to the burgeoning list of federal entitlements that this country can't afford.
Hatch doesn't see it that way.
And that - that alone - is why he needs to go.
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To further illustrate the fact that we make progress, get a load of this: If a retiring Democrat lament is any indication, perhaps the days of Republicans going along to get along (a more apt phrase there never was) are soon to be over. From "Retiring Rep. blames ‘dumber’ public for atmosphere in Congress":
“'It used to be you had real friends on the other side of the aisle. It’s not like that anymore,' Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-N.Y.) told Business Week’s Josh Tyrangiel. 'Society has changed. The public is to blame as well. I think the people have gotten dumber.'"
Don't look now, Gary, but your snooty ultra-liberalism is showing.
Does he really believe that the American people - along with the Republican Party - have (gotten "dumber" and ...) abandoned him? Well, yeah.
But could it be the case that Ackerman has simply gone off the reservation and left America behind?
It's everyone's else's fault.
Ackerman, ye'll not be missed. Go. Now.