You know, nobody really appreciates how hard it is to govern when one party controls every branch of the government.
As Republican lawmakers wrapped up the first year in a half-century in which they controlled the Senate, House and White House, they discovered, as Democrats had before them, how hard it is to govern even with possession of the White House and slim majorities in Congress.
Congress left town last week with one major Republican-driven accomplishment -- a Medicare prescription drug bill -- and one big disappointment for GOP leaders, dead energy legislation. Lawmakers also delivered a long-promised ban on certain types of abortion procedures and further cut taxes.
But they were unable to finish work on an array of other priorities, including seven spending bills, a rewrite of the Head Start program, an Internet tax moratorium, a class-action lawsuit overhaul, a corporate tax measure and medical malpractice reform. Other tax, trade and pension items also remain unfinished.
GOP leaders failed to accomplish those things despite shutting out Democrats from much of the legislative process. Their narrow majorities -- 51-48 in the Senate and 229-205 in the House, with one Democratic-leaning independent in each chamber -- still presented challenges.
The Republicans blamed what they called the obstructionism of the Democratic minority. "We could have been more successful if we'd had bipartisan cooperation," said Sen. Larry Craig, R-Idaho.
Would you be slighted if I didnít speak for hours?
Of course not.
Would you be livid if I had a drink or two?
Would you be wounded if I never sent you flowers?
Why canít a woman be like you?