Saturday, July 12, 2008

Rich Miller solves Obama's experience problem

Miller solves Obama's experience deficit with a return to Springfield to save Illinoisians from ourselves? Obama's fellow Democrats? ...go pick but it's an excellant idea.
So, I have a different solution. One that would almost assuredly tell us whether Obama can survive the presidency’s unimaginably hostile environment.

Let’s make him come back to Springfield and solve the gridlock.

Sen. Dick Durbin said months ago that he’d rather go to Iraq and work on that mess than stick his nose into the unending war between Gov. Blagojevich and House Speaker Michael Madigan. I can relate.

“Toxic gridlock” doesn’t even begin to describe our state’s embarrassing political battle, which has held up just about all progress for more than a year. Unemployment is rising, yet a jobs-producing capital construction bill for our roads, bridges, schools and mass transit is stuck in limbo. People are going without health insurance, but solutions can’t be reached because one side doesn’t want to work with the other. Nothing — literally nothing — is being accomplished because the governor and the speaker want to crush each other.

The Israelis talk to the Palestinians more often and with more sensitivity than Madigan speaks with Blagojevich.

Nobody is getting killed at the Statehouse, at least not yet. There are no bullets and bombs in this fight, no mass slaughter like the Darfur catastrophe, no Iraq-style religious war.

But that makes it the perfect training exercise. If Obama fails, we’ll just muddle on like always and hope that somebody comes to his senses.
We do have the slaughter in Chicago from gang warfare too... maybe that's the next test.

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