Very few of my Senate colleagues from the 1970s became lobbyists. By the time I retired from office in the later 1980s, not only former senators but also their wives and sons and daughters were joining or forming lobbying firms.
While important I refuse to call this meeting a "summit," since Democratic and Republican politicians squabbling simply does not reach the heights of two nuclear powers tensely sitting down to talk about missiles.
Last week, I had an opportunity to talk with Dr. Cornel West, a professor of Religion and African American studies at Princeton, about Obama's presidency and the marginalization of the Black political agenda.
There are two yardsticks for success. The first is to actually get something done, and get something passed; the other, to position the Democrats politically for the midterms, whether a bill gets passed or not.
Stories like Casey's could fill a stack of books at your local library. She is just one of the nearly 425,000 members of the nation's least envious club: injured veterans waiting for their disability benefits.