The dynamic in Washington is a familiar one to anyone who knows an overindulgent parent. The child decides he wants something, and he throws a temper tantrum until the parents give it to him. "I want end-of-life counseling stripped from the health care bill," screams the child, and the parents do so. "I want Van Jones fired," screams the child, and the parents do so. "I want ACORN's funding eliminated," screams the child, and the parents do so. Instead of the parents controlling the child, the child controls the parents.
What we need is parents who know how to say no to their child, and make it stick. We need some tough love in Washington. Unfortunately, the parents don't seem to have the strength of character to do so.