mebbe i just stare at computer screens way too much, and thus prone to hyperbole. but a certain thought won’t go away:
it seems to me that the (postponed, purloined) debate awaiting congress promises to be one of those fork-in-the-road, pilgrim-at-the-crossroads events for our political culture’s immediate future. again, all this occasions a gut-check, litmus-test-style wheat/chaff-fest for the dems. if they cannot be loud and effective in this context, then it gets a lot harder to believe we’re going to see any progress until (at least) 2008.