President Barack Obama sent the Navy in harm's way this week and it turned out fine. Having gotten what it's going to get, at least for now, from China, the Obama administration at last challenged China's absurd claim of sovereignty over far distant artificial islands it's built in the South China Sea.
The Republicans' dramatic intra-party fighting over NSA domestic surveillance, which saw the likes of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCain having to give way to the likes of young libertarian Senator and presidential candidate Rand Paul and House Republicans, points up a brewing civil war on national security.
What if all four parties could compete throughout the year for the right to run the government--but only through cooperation and co-existence not character assassination? Let's take a look at the four houses of Hogwarts and see if the ballot in November might look a little different than it does now.
Here's how a young New York State Assemblyman from Manhattan described his colleagues in Albany: One, he said, was "entirely unprincipled, and with the same idea of public life and the civil service that a vulture has of a dead sheep." Another's "intellectual capacity about equals that of an average balloon."