At election time, we see politicians posturing as if they were in the center, because the center really determines the outcome of American elections, ... Washington Unwrapped.
He didn't say that. He was reading what was given to him in a speech.
People were cynical before that, and with some reason. It would be a whole lot better if politicians across the board conducted themselves in a way that didn't cause that.
Congress had embarrassed itself at having produced so little. It had to look as if it could do something.
I was not in favor of him uttering the line in the first place. But it was extremely good theater.