The Times explains the quagmire this way: "Expectations remain low for anything beyond least-common-denominator accords -- unless economic conditions and public pressure shift the political facts on the ground. At this point, a spokesman for Mr. Boehner said, the House has "no plans to take up" the president's job creation ideas except for patent reform and pending trade deals."
So where is the public pressure? There is talk about a new initiative to save the dream led by Van Jones, the environment activist booted from his job by an Administration withering under protests against him on the right.
The unions are talking up a jobs agenda. A few editorial writers are backing them, but it doesn't seem to leading to any prospect of a needed new stimulus.
The deeper problem is that most of the media has just parroted economic statistics with little independent assessment much less investigation. They stay away from showing how banks and corporate interests got us into this deep and depressing pit.
They continue to define politics narrowly and only in electoral terms. They would likely ignore a Cairo type uprising in America unless there was lots of police violence.
Instead, with the Iowa Straw poll, the circus is back in town and the elephants are on display,
Here we go again, as a new election cycle takes over the news.
Bring on the pundits, the pollsters, and, most of all, the familiar personality parade.
To big media, only formal campaign politics are legitimate. Other political expression is not.
No one cares claims the media elite. Translation: they don't care!
Bring back CNN's "best political team on television"--bigger than a baseball team. Wind up the sound bite artists, and watch them argue all sides of any issue while marginalizing all dissent.
We can't wait.
Never mind, the deepening financial crisis. Forget that there is a world out there. Ignore the wars, the riots, and the pervasive repression.
Our media is destined to return to the most parochial focus because we think we do it so well.
Soon the preening pols will be everywhere. Their every utterance and burp will be considered newsworthy, Never mind the many contradictions and shifting positions. Never mind the calculated hypocrisy.
What do the Republicans stand for?