You know that the political system has reached a moment of special paralysis when a standoff emerges out of agreement. Yet that is what appears to be happening with respect to the politics of authorizing force against ISIS. Over the weekend, the Sunday talk shows featured interviews with both White House officials and the senior House leadership. Both declared an interest in having Congress weigh in on the operation, and both also insisted that the other take the lead.
Here's Tony Blinken, deputy national security adviser on Fox News Sunday: "We think what would be very helpful is if . . . Congress worked to give us a targeted, focused authorization. But while we welcome that, we don't need it."