Behold; I bring you tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. and A year ago we were told the election heralded a sea change in how Americans wanted their government to work. As the House prepares to go home for the holidays, thumbing its nose at both the Senate and the people, it appears that it works less well than ever. The election of 2010 has been an utter disaster. The ultimate irony, of course, is that the House's intransigence means that Republicans will be responsible for raising payroll taxes starting January 1. I see that Boehner & co. are trying to spin this as being Obama's or the Senate's fault, but I think they're fooling themselves if they think the public is going to buy it. That's not even to mention the fact that OWS's anti-1% message seems to be resonating with the public. If this keeps up -- and it's a big if, given that the next election is 11 months away -- I think we're headed for another sea change in November 2012. I do think it's a fairly safe assumption, though. The Republicans are so totally inflexible in their "principles" that I don't see their behavior changing between now and next fall. And that's what will doom them. And on Earth peace; good will toward men.