The public needs to feel that there is a little consensus among its politicians or at least some level of cooperation as opposed to complete polarization. Prime Minister George Papandreou must have understood that the magnitude of the problem the country faces requires a national effort to be overcome. If so, he also ought to know that continuous sparring with the opposition and launching the same trite barbs against New Democracy over and over again have no point, primarily because he should know better than most that Greece’s problems are the product of long-term mismanagement at the hands of both ND and PASOK. This attitude, furthermore, undermines any possibility of achieving even a modicum of consensus on much-needed policies and reforms. Under normal circumstances, we could excuse Papandreou’s attitude as being aimed toward voters in the runup to November’s local elections. But, there is nothing normal about these circumstances and the situation right now makes a different political tone and style of leadership imperative.