Autumn can be beautiful but it its natural challenges approach: Shorter days, falling leaves, hints of cold. Now's a good time to (a) see the energy drop; (b) interpret it for those who need to keep moving; and (c) shape a clear, well-marked path for the work ahead.
Obama just had his most stable month ever in the public opinion polls, capping off a remarkable year of polling stability. Were you to just read the headlines or listen to the soundbites, you may have a different impression.
Elections have a way of setting agendas, and the political world is already adopting the language of the midterms. To get a snapshot, I counted up the most frequent words reporters used in their questions during three post-election sessions.
What the White House still seems to have forgotten, even after the recent "shellacking," is that we elected a commander-in-chief, not mediator-in-chief. A mediator rarely offers his own opinions but steers both sides toward civility.
I can't vote; I'm only sixteen. Sure, I spend my time writing on my friends' Facebook walls and suffering through my cross-country meets, but I'm not completely caught up in the present. Like other high schoolers, I'm anxious about the future.