By now, unless you're smarter than me and you've given up following politics, you've heard about Congress' latest dismal failure. The fabled "Supercommittee," which was supposed to figure out a way to deal with the nation's budget mess, finished work without getting anything done.
Ohio's Republican U.S. senator, Rob Portman, was part of the Gang of 12 that didn't do anything. But not to worry! Portman has issued yet another press release on the debacle, which says, "Portman continues to work with his colleagues on both sides of the aisle to get Washington’s fiscal house back in order and get our economy moving again."
Thanks to our junior senator, we now know what to say when we face awkward conversations at work:
EDITOR: You haven't written anything in the last two days? Not even a posting for your stupid blog?
TOM: I'm continuing to work with my sources to get the newsroom moving again by writing an a newspaper story.
By the way, the senator and his Republican colleagues have written an op-ed for the Washington Post on what went wrong. Surprise! It's the Democrats' fault!
In fairness, the GOP account makes it sound like Democrats did not want to make a deal. It's not clear from the GOP piece whether Republicans made equally unreasonable demands.