My God. Money quote:

Where, they demanded, was the bipartisanship the President had promised? So, right there in the Cabinet Room, the President put a proposal on the table, according to two people who were present. Obama said he was willing to curb malpractice awards, a move long sought by Republicans that is certain to bring strong opposition from the trial lawyers who fund the Democratic Party.

What, he wanted to know, did the Republicans have to offer in return?

Nothing, it turned out. Republicans were unprepared to make any concessions, if they had any to make.

Karen Tumulty is a very straight reporter. I’ve met her, you know. I’m about semi-famous as a result.

The Republicans really have nothing but “no.” And they really need to start coming up with something else. When you get offered something you’ve been bitching for forever, you might want to have a counter offer, or stop calling yourself a politician.

It’s becoming embarrassing and unbecoming. I want small government, in general. This version of the GOP is not going to offer it.