The 'totalitarian impulse' on the left has become a bad habit.
The party is diminishing faith in its own credibility.
In the do-nothing Senate, more Democrats will decamp for other jobs or retirement.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is trying to get the president to do his job for him.
Obama is as incompetent at deal making as he is self-reverential.
Senators who are vulnerable in 2014 may be the weak link in Obama's "fiscal cliff" strategy.