"The Ground"...
yeah... like DIRT Under Their Feet

and "Passive"
uh huh as in "Passive or DIE!"

I believe he meant .. as in electrical.. Ground wire being passive..

"If it turns out that President Barack Obama can make a deal with the most intransigent, hard-line, unreasonable, totalitarian mullahs in the world but not with Republicans? Maybe he’s not the problem."