We are in the midst of the first serious re-examination of government spying since the 1970s. President Obama has asked a special review panel for initial recommendations by November.
Are we witnessing the birth of the United States of Europe? There are uncanny similarities between the current round of wheeling and dealing and the founding of the United States of America.
It's easy to suppose that the Republican wave will put President Obama on the defensive. But that would be a mistake. House Republicans may repeat then-Speaker Newt Gingrich's blunder and shut down the government, but their other weapons are distinctly small-bore. The new congressional committee chairmen will predictably launch investigations into real or imagined scandals, but this will cause political embarrassment, nothing more.
Sarah Palin is the product of a design flaw -- the unintended consequence of the founders' decision to create the vice presidency.
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