People who knew both Sen. Helms and President Reagan reacted harshly when I asked if Sen. Cruz reminded them of either Republican leader.
The nation is transitioning from a conservative phase to a liberal phase.
The policy gap between the parties, and whether Republicans will do something about it.
Presidents don't change ideology. But if Obama and the Democrats implement policies that work, they'll have done something more important.
Republicans should be nervous: This may not be the dawn of an Obama era, but it is the end of another.
The president has a lot of reasonable motives for a bargain, but one really scary one.