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Don't normally like Dowd, but she has a touch for making politicians seem human.

Who'd you rather go see a ballgame with, Biden or Boehner?
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Who'd you rather go see a ballgame with, Biden or Boehner?

Biden or Obama, for that matter.
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"But when Obama let Biden take over the cliff talks, and when he noted with asperity that he would not debate Congress again over paying its bills, he dug into his revulsion at playing the game, his reluctance to even fake the flattering, schmoozing and ring-kissing needed to coax Congress into doing what he wants.

Even members of his own party have lost faith in his ability to use the White House as a social lubricant to get his agenda passed, or to use that big brain of his to become a more clever negotiator, rather than a scolding lecturer.

“His inability to engage the politicians here has been a real liability,” one Democratic lawmaker complained. It’s odd, given that he was renowned for making a group of egotists feel that they were being heeded at The Harvard Law Review."

Let's not forget how many of the problems in Washington have been far more difficult to solve with a President so detached. It's a huge weakness for Obama, and everyone has a weakness. In Obama's case, Congress has pointed it out many, many times.

After four years, you'd have thought he'd have grown into the job a little.
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