"The 'fiscal-cliff' fiasco has persuaded many smart people that a Grand Bargain is not going to happen any time soon. A political class that botched the fiscal cliff so badly are not going to be capable of a gigantic deal on complex issues. It’s like going into a day care center and asking a bunch of infants to perform 'Swan Lake.'
Polarization is too deep. Special interests are too strong. The negotiators are too rusty. Republicans are not going to give up their vision of a low-tax America. Democrats are not willing to change the current entitlement programs."
No Grand Bargain on the way as Obama's "team of rivals" gives way to a coterie of insipid, mediocre, millionaire white men; as the economy shows no sign of recovery; as spending continues to outstrip tax revenues; as the mad dog mullahs in Iran draw steadily closer to acquiring nuclear weapons? Surely Brooks is mistaken. Surely America will come together under the astute guidance of Obama to deal with these problems.
But never mind. Maybe we'll at least have some gun control legislation, requiring stricter background checks.
And now for the JG Caesarea challenge: What does gun control have to do with Iran acquiring nuclear weapons?
One . . . two . . . three. Sorry, put down your pencils. Time's up. No winner this time.
Have you ever noticed how many "progressives" advocating stricter gun control laws are indifferent to an Iran armed with nuclear weapons? Whereas it is indeed important to prevent psychopaths from obtaining Bushmasters and indulging themselves in mass murders, why is it that these people don't care if a lunatic Iran, which hangs homosexuals, stones women to death, persecutes Baha'is, oppresses Kurds, threatens Israel with annihilation, bankrolls Bashar al-Assad and Hezbollah, and funds terrorist acts around the globe, gets hold of the bomb?