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Both conservatives and Liberals have accomplished much of what they set out to do a generation or more ago. So, now what?
With the midterm elections approaching, U.S. politics is unusually dopey and depressing.
The previous Congress was the least productive in history. The current Congress has done even less. Efforts to reform gun laws, immigration policy and the tax code stalled. The main substantive debate has involved the arcane Export-Import Bank—not a debate on which the fate of the Republic depends, though quite consequential compared with cable-TV slugfests over President Obama’s golf habits. Legislators have stopped pretending that they might break the gridlock; Congress has been in session for only eight days since the end of July, and it isn’t going back to work until mid-November.
With no hope of governing, both parties are focusing on messaging. Off-year...