Creative writers and artists who spend their lives crafting narratives have long understood that we do not so much create a story as discover it. As President Obama demonstrated over the last month, the narrative of politics is not very different.
America is on a collision course with itself. The tax cut deal is being hailed as the start of a new bipartisan consensus. I believe, instead, that it is a false truce in what will become a pitched battle for the soul of American politics.