Hearing Rep. Aaron Schock, R-Ill., and former Democratic Rep. Harold Ford argue on NBC's "Meet the Press" over which party was more responsible for the national debt and partisan gridlock, New York Times columnist David Brooks jumped in: "This conversation exemplifies what's wrong with Washington. It's like two guys fighting in the ocean to see who drowns first. . . . Both parties are responsible for the deficits, and both parties are responsible for the fiscal suicide." In a column last week, Brooks further argued that voters "are reacting against the total activist onslaught" represented by President Obama and congressional Democrats and urged Obama to forget "social transformation" and instead "show that this nation is governable once again." Brooks' ideas for Obama: "Lay out the fiscal realities." "Propose some incremental changes in a range of areas." "Serve as a one-man model for bipartisan behavior." "Continue to champion his fiscal commission." Have a constitutional debate, by proposing to "require amendments of one sort or another to fix the broken political system."