George Washington’s first inaugural address set the course for a new nation. Abraham Lincoln’s second inaugural knit that nation together after it nearly split in two. Can the modern inaugural hold a candle to the urgency and power of those that came before?
The republic is not a football game. It is not team Democrat against team Republican. Recent presidential campaigns constantly overused the analogy. We saw the Obama Truth Team on Facebook and @TeamBarackObama on Twitter, pitting their forces against America's Comeback Team and @TeamRomney. Perhaps this type of competitive spirit is understandable in a political campaign, but why does the sports team rhetoric continue in such force after the election?
Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., fired the first shot over the bow of the Good Ship Obama since the first escape from the fiscal cliff when he made the rounds of the Jan. 6 news talk shows.
As the new cliffs approach, discussion of revenue via taxes does not appear on the Republican radar.