Our Clown-Around Congress

Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson rips into the country's leaders for their recent lack of productivity. 

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Speaker of the House John Boehner (Getty Images)

Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson rips into the country's leaders for their recent lack of productivity.

To say that Congress looked like a clown show this week is an insult to self-respecting clowns.

Painful though it may be, let's review what just happened. Our august legislators -- aided and abetted by President Obama -- manufactured a fake crisis. They then proceeded to handle it so incompetently that they turned it into a real one.

The bogus "fiscal cliff" -- and please, let's never, ever use those words again -- was designed as a doomsday mechanism to force Congress and the president to make tough decisions. But resistance to the very concept of decision-making was so fierce that our leaders could manage only to avoid hurtling to their doom, and ours, by deciding not to decide much of anything.

Obama "won" this bloody and unnecessary battle, but what did he really gain, aside from bragging rights for the next few weeks? More important, what, if anything, did the nation gain? ...

Read Eugene Robinson's entire piece at the Washington Post.

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