Now that the bruising partisan bickering regarding the government shutdown and the country's fiscal future have died down, President Barack Obama lectured House Republicans from the White House that they should move ahead on bipartisan Senate-passed bills, such as immigration.
The likely response he'll get is, yeah right.
"Everyone's exhausted. If anyone thinks immigration is going to happen, I would like to meet them. I don't see how this happens. We can't do anything," says one House Republican chief-of-staff speaking on background.
Americans, following the recent display of government incompetence, are in no mood for bald-faced partisanship, something the president tried to play against in his first address to Americans following the crisis.
"There's been a lot of discussion lately of the politics of this shutdown. But let's be clear: There are no winners here," he said Thursday following the passage of a temporary spending bill that re-opened the federal government after a 16-day shutdown.
That posturing, though, is what riles up Republicans, who say by pressuring them to act on policies they don't support, Obama is the one acting the winner and playing politics. He spent the majority of his address chastising Congress for bringing the country to the brink of credit default and pleaded with House Republicans to support his agenda.
"There's already a broad coalition across America that's behind this effort of comprehensive immigration reform, from business leaders to faith leaders to law enforcement," he said Thursday. "The majority of Americans think this is the right thing to do. And it's sitting there waiting for the House to pass it."
Similarly, Obama pressed for action on a Senate agricultural spending bill that passed with bipartisan support.
"We should pass a farm bill, one that American farmers and ranchers can depend on," he said. "Again, the Senate has already passed a solid bipartisan bill. It's got support from Democrats and Republicans. It's sitting in the House waiting for passage."
But Obama, as well as any outside political observer, knows that House conservatives loathe the Senate immigration bill because it creates a pathway to citizenship for immigrants who came to the country illegally, something they view as amnesty. And passage of the farm bill has been similarly stymied because Republicans want to make deep cuts to programs funded through the measure, such as food stamps.
And that's exactly the point, says Ron Bonjean, a Republican strategist.
"Imagine trying to bring up a comprehensive immigration bill with amnesty in front of House Republicans – the right-wing tea party would go crazy," he says. "The president would truly like to get a comprehensive bill done but knows that's virtually impossible, so why not spend the next couple months trying to destroy the Republican Party with Hispanic voters?"
The reality is the political atmosphere following the recent brinkmanship is more, and not less, toxic than it was before and it's not likely to change until voters head back to the polls in 2014.
"It's the end of October and in a month and a half we'll be in an election year so I can't see anything happening, anything changing," says the House staffer.