The other day the President took time off from the tense and worrisome Persian Gulf crisis to lambaste Congress for inaction on the budget crisis. But nothing Bush said either illuminated the problem or added measurably to its solution. He did not exactly confuse his Democratic critics with Saddam Hussein, but his statement seemed as partisan and petty as the attacks by his critics on the other side of the congressional aisle.
It's a pity that the President can't act as presidential in the domestic political arena as he does so commendably--and often--in the international arena.
Partisan politics is, of course, nothing new to Americans, and perhaps, in part, is what helped make this country what it is today. But there seems little place for it at a time when the federal budget needs to be cut substantially, and the political process seems so close to catalepsy.
It's true that the President disavowed his no-new-taxes pledge made in the thundering ambition of his 1988 campaign. He deserves credit for that. But he cannot ride on that goodwill forever. He will have to do even more if America is to have a sensible budget and not the meat-axed one that will result, in due course, under the rigid sequestering provisions of Graham-Rudman-Hollings.