As 2010 turns to 2011, many progressives find themselves disappointed, defeated at the ballot box and with few options for the immediate future. Fortunately, things can change quickly in American politics.
It is amazing what a deadline can do to focus the hearts and minds of our government, but the real test of bipartisanship lies in the ability of our political system to address the most pressing of all problems, the national debt.
Failing to ratify START will have serious ramifications for other U.S. priorities around the world. Yet nuclear terrorism and reduced leverage on Iran are risks Republicans seem blithely willing to tolerate.