Like the Republicans after 2012, Democrats surveying the wreckage from last week's midterm elections have launched a "top-to-bottom assessment" of what happened. Their problem: turning out their voters in non-presidential years.
Barack Obama's coming request for Congress to "right-size and update" the Authorization for Use of Military Force against terrorism will be constitutionally fastidious and will catalyze a debate that will illuminate Republican fissures. They, however, are signs of a healthy development — the reappearance of foreign policy heterodoxy in Republican ranks.
Post-election analysis falls somewhere between amusing and clueless. In the amusing camp are Democratic strategists who intone that more Democrats would have won if only more people had voted. The gods surely blush with envy. And of course, there's the conventional wisdom that Democrats always suffer in midterms because they lack "intensity," meaning they don't care, and that presidents are always unpopular in their sixth year in office.
Though he just may muff it, as he has muffed so much in this presidency of his, Barack Obama has just been handed a golden opportunity to rescue his legacy and to start doing some amazingly wondrous things for this country of ours, things he himself has said he wants.
The Republican takeover of the Senate majority really shouldn't matter much to progressives. Even when Democrats have the majority, precious little gets done in a body that lets a minority of members obstruct.
Unlike the dog that chased the car until, to its consternation, he caught it, Republicans know what to do with what they have caught. Having completed their capture of the legislative branch, they should start with the following six measures concerning practical governance and constitutional equilibrium: