House Speaker John Boehner speaks in the Rayburn Room during the House Republicans' rally following the House vote on a continuing resolution, including defunding Obamacare, on Friday.
Recently overheard from a senior House Republican, commenting on prospects for a budget agreement: "At this point, we're hoping Vladimir Putin comes up with a plan."
It's a summary of the state of Barack Obama's second term.
The president's near humiliation on a Syrian use-of-force resolution indicated a dangerously shallow reservoir of trust and goodwill on Capitol Hill. Democrats were amazed that Obama had forced a major political battle with no plan for winning it. The White House operation seemed badly off its game. Congressional relationships that had gone untended for years ...