"Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas likes to put distance between himself and the failures of Congress and Washington gridlock," noted John Montgomery, editor and publisher of the Hutchinson News. For example, Moran complained about "a dysfunctional Congress" during a speech Monday to the Wichita Downtown Rotary Club. But Moran has been a member of Congress since 1997, and his unrealistic and uncompromising positions on the deficit-reduction deal were a big contributor to the dysfunction. "Moran can't blame others for the incompetency of Congress any more," Montgomery wrote. "He needs to look in the mirror. He is part of the problem."