President Obama is frustrated. He chastised Sen. Jon Kyl, the minority whip, and Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin for making the health care debate about whether Washington knows best. That "tips the scales," Obama said (I'm quoting from memory), because "everybody is angry at Washington right now."
Exactly! Everybody is "angry" at Washington right now because government is doing too much and producing too little in the way of results. Yes, the dismal economy adds to that anger. But the administration's economic program has not promoted private sector job creation, and Democrats are fixated on health care reform while the public's top priority is the economy. No wonder the public is upset. The disconnect between what is happening in Washington and everyday life across the country is jarring. And Obama just doesn't get it.