Americans have argued over government’s role since the days when politicians wore powdered wigs. Lately this great debate seemed more like a monologue. Conservatives denounce government with zest. But on this most basic of questions, President Barack Obama and the Democrats have been silent.
This month the U.S. Census Bureau will deliver reams of data, and states will begin to redraw legislative district lines. Brace yourself for a bacchanalia of self-dealing and partisan knife-fighting, much of it conducted behind closed doors in state capitals.
Glum Democrats should note that President Barack Obama still has ample means to advance a progressive agenda. He can take bold executive actions even when Congress balks. The unpalatable tax deal with Republicans underscores that the White House should find ways to advance goals on its own.
When the U.S. House of Representatives voted to repeal the health-care law last week, everyone knew the tally was only symbolic. But within the next year or so will come a vote that counts -- when the Supreme Court has its say.