Eugene Robinson: Republicans' Destructive Game Of Chicken

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President Obama is set to begin his second term at a moment when the question is not what great things our nation can achieve but whether our government, in Obama's words, can 'stop lurching from crisis to crisis to crisis.' The jury is out, but continued dysfunction seems the most likely scenario. Obama's news conference Monday -- his last scheduled encounter with White House reporters before Inauguration Day -- was a tutorial in low expectations. This has been the pattern since Republicans won control of the House. Our elected representatives manufacture a crisis, then craft a 'solution' that is nothing but a recipe for the next crisis.

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