To judge from his surly demeanor and defiant words at his press conference on Monday, Barack Obama begins his second term with a strategy to defeat and humiliate Republicans rather than a strategy to govern.
It's often good fun and sometimes revealing to divide American history into distinct periods of uniform length.
Barack Obama, we have been told by his admirers on the left and right, is an instinctive centrist, a moderate always ready to negotiate compromises, a politician deeply interested in the nuances of public policy.
Over the next year, we will probably see much controversy over the implementation of Obamacare.
There's a natural human impulse to help people who need a hand. In the political world, that often translates to an impulse to have government help people who need a hand. Who wants to argue with that?
Last week, Republicans proved they are not a governing party. Next week we will see whether Democrats are.
On Monday, the U.S. Senate got its newest member and lost its most senior member.
Democrats in Washington declare that they will absolutely, positively allow no changes whatever in the nation's unsustainable entitlement programs -- Social Security and Medicare.
Is Barack Obama bluffing when he threatens to go over the fiscal cliff if Republicans refuse to agree to higher tax rates on high earners?
Is mass migration from Mexico to the United States a thing of the past?