Scott Wilson has an important piece up at the Washington Post that takes a look at how the Obama administration is preparing to deal with a reality in which they cannot count on Congress to do much of anything. I think the piece may make too strong of an argument that the administration miscalculated last year, but it argues convincingly that there will be little profit in thinking that Obama can burnish his legacy by signing legislation.

I think we will have to get used to a political reality in which Congress does basically nothing, regardless of who is president.

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