Wouldn’t it be great if . . . .

A Democratic U.S. senator would step up to the plate on national security issues when Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) retires? (Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) or Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) maybe?)

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) would sustain his prominence in the GOP rehab effort (and maybe get a speech coach to help with some style points)?

Every 2012 GOP presidential contender would go away? Soon. Permanently.

Republicans would stop talking about the need for immigration reform and actually do it (with buy-in from top conservatives in the House, Senate, think tanks, governors, brainier conservative media and grassroots organizations)?

Republicans would find Senate candidates in 2014 who do not opine on God’s views on rape?

Someone would take on price-gouging universities that turn out unemployable, debt-ridden young adults?

A bipartisan group of lawmakers would start thinking seriously about the next big health-care problem: long-term care for millions of baby boomers who are going to need it in a decade or so?

We went back to the days when politicians had the sex scandals and the generals were role models?

We would use “terrorist” to describe terrorists as opposed to “militant,” which conceals the true nature of those who target civilians?

The U.S. would be as devoted to free market capitalism as Canada is?