Is anyone up to the job?

The nagging question that dogged Barack Obama during the 2008 Presidential campaign centered around whether or not the charismatic young Senator from Illinois had enough experience for the job as President of the United States.

Hillary Rodham Clinton hammered Obama on the experience issue daily during the long and bitter Democratic primary and John McCain picked up the mantle for the general election.

Perhaps the question should have been asked to every candidate running for President, the House and Senate. Based on what we’ve seen so far in this new year, it doesn’t appear anybody is up to the job of governing this nation.

Obama, as expected, made his share of mistakes. So did the so-called "veterans" charged with leading Congress.  The Democratic cabal that leads both houses quickly packed the economic stimulus bill with all the pork they could find and added just about every socialist agenda item they’ve waited for decades to pass — dooming any chances for the bi-partisan support Obama wanted so desperately.

We shouldn’t be surprised. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, the daughter of the late mob-controlled mayor of Baltimore, and Senate Majority Leadere Harry Reid, the corrupt, gambling-interest controlled bagman from Nevada, represent just the kind of pay for play politics that has long-controlled Washington.

Obama may be the President but Presidents don’t pass legislation. That job still belongs to Congress and Congress still belongs to the special interests, the corrupt and the con artists.

Obama screwed the pooch by sitting back and allowing his Democratic cronies to bloat the stimulus bill into a $900 billion spending nightmare and then defended all but the most glaring examples of waste, fraud and abuse in the bill. Pelosi undermined the President last week by telling reporters that she really doesn’t give a damn about bipartisanship.  Reid probably had to have a staff member look up "bipartisanship" in the dictionary.

Republicans, of course, see all this dysfunction in the majority party as a  political opportunity to turn Obama into a one-term President and restore their position as a dominant force of hate, bigotry and intolerance.

And while both sides bicker and posture and pontificate, America continues its rapidly-escalating slide into economic oblivion.

If America fails — and that once unbelievable scenario is becoming a reality — the blame will not lie with any one President or political party. It will be a joint effort, spurred on by decades of corruption in the highest reaches of power, greed at all levels of government and indifference by a numb public that sat back and watched it all happen.