Today was a brutal day for supporters of tough new legislation. But it still can be a step forward.
The organization's Second Amendment alarmism, extreme views on sensible gun regulation, and outright dishonesty render it less and less credible.
Can Andrew Cuomo's tough package of gun reforms serve as a model for national gun law reform?
Perhaps some moderate Republicans can be induced to resist the increasing southernization of the GOP.
Congressional Democrats will need a tremendous amount of support from the left to beat back the NRA.
Republicans are painstakingly defining the debt ceiling hike as a concession they will be making to Obama, rather than as something that must be done to protect the country from financial disaster. And news orgs are playing along.
The White House and Democrats appear to be fully engaged for the fight to come. They will have to be.
It may seem unlikely, but the prospects for cooperation and legislative action may marginally improve in the next two years.