While President Obama wants the Republicans to eat their peas, Speaker of the House John Boehner wishes Obama would behave less like unrefrigerated Jell-O, and we suspect that the real problem here is that everyone is too hungry to negotiate effectively. ABC News reports:
In a meeting with a small group of reporters in his Capitol Hill office this morning, House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, criticized President Obama and White House officials for their lack of resolve in negotiations.
“Dealing with them the last couple months has been like dealing with Jell-o,” Boehner said. “Some days it’s firmer than others. Sometimes it’s like they’ve left it out over night.”
Boehner explained that talks broke down over the weekend because, he said, the president backed off entitlement reforms so much from Friday to Saturday, “It was Jell-o; it was damn near liquid.”
Clearly the key to overcoming this debt-ceiling impasse is combining peas and cold, firm Jell-O into the sort of disgusting vegetable-infused gelatin concoction that once existed in a bygone era.
Is this how Congress avoided gridlock in the fifties? Almost definitely.