[Obama] is boxed in. The House is solidly Republican. The Senate Democrats cannot get a 60-vote majority to shut off a filibuster.
Washington is headed for gridlock. This is good. This is not a dysfunctional government. A dysfunctional government passes lots of laws. The laws are almost always bad laws. Then the federal bureaucracy interprets and implements these laws in the Federal Register. What little that might have been good gets bad. A gridlocked government is the best we can hope for.