Why No One’s Winning in Washington

Each party emerged from the 2012 presidential election facing one overriding political test. So far, both are flunking.

For Republicans, the key question was whether a congressional caucus rooted in the nation’s most conservative areas could court the broader coalition the party needs to regain the presidency. For President Obama and his fellow Democrats, the issue was whether they could deliver better economic results—or at least formulate an agenda for growth that persuasively contrasted with the GOP’s. Nearly six months after the election, neither side can claim much progress. [cont.]

Ron Brownstein, National Journal