The same party that shut down the government in an attempt to nullify a duly-enacted law that it does not like is now trying to prevent a twice-elected president from filling vacancies on an important court -- a duty entrusted to him by the Constitution.
This is President Obamas' lucky day. I happen to be between jobs right now. My last one was at Just Pants, at the mall in 1976. Therefore I have some free time and an unbelievable offer for him. I will run the National Park System for a nominal fee and the waiving of my IRS bill.
The Republicans have chosen not to be good, not to be fair, not to be rational in the common sense of these words. Since they can't win, their goal is to "win" by disallowing a win by the opposition and then to worry about explanations later.
One of the cornerstones of my lifetime of public service has been to work on bipartisanship. But here in Congress, I must say it has been, under the Republican leadership, difficult, if not impossible.
It's hard to believe that "the American people" are so upset about the mild reforms contained in the ACA that they're demanding a government shut down and a default on the national debt to stop it. No wonder Congress' approval rating is the lowest in decades.
The party is so focused on wrangling that it has turned itself into a spandex-wearing professional wrestling cartoon character. Fighting is not what Americans want. They want peace and prosperity. Republicans need to get that message and get to work.