That means a number of things. Here is a list.
1. The U.S. House of Representatives is so fractured within that it cannot produce compromise legislation.
It is fractured within the Republican Party and between the parties with the Democrats. Its war against Obamacare failed. Its war against the average citizen and poor people has failed too, leaving citizens with the same needs and no solutions.
2. The American political system needs both chambers of Congress to work properly, and therefore the situation cannot go on without repair.
Repairs will come from voters in November 2014. Repairs can also be made internally, but a permanent fix will come when the bad parts are removed completely. America is not a right-wing nation.
3. The President must work with Congress and when the Democrat-led Senate can garner a working relationship with the less caustic Republicans, that chamber can produce workable legislation.
Senior leaders, Democrat Harry Reid, and Republican Mitch McConnell know how to cooperate when they need too. Neither want to go down in history as having failed the nation after all of this time. Both will do the nation service when they decline to run for reelection, but don’t count on that.
In the end, the value of seniority and experience may prove its worth, if and when the debacle ends.
“Senate leaders take over government shutdown talks
By Paul Kane and Lori Montgomery, Published: October 12
Senate leaders began negotiations Saturday aimed at reopening federal agencies and avoiding a government default after every other effort to end Congress’s impasse crumbled in the previous 48 hours.
Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) took over the talks, which had led nowhere in recent days. House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) acknowledged early Saturday that his discussions with President Obama had collapsed and that the Senate was the last hope to avert a financial disaster.”