This must be what a phony war feels like. Having first ventured out of the bunker united as we clutched our flags, fought fear and braced for battle, we now enjoy the fragile complacence of daily routines that can no longer be taken for granted.
Anti-war Democrats in the House are so angry with Rep. Richard Gephardt's support of an Iraq war resolution that they privately are saying that he should quit now as House Minority Leader and devote himself to his presidential ambitions.
California's Governor Gray Davis has gotten himself some front-page headlines, not only in California but across the country, by signing into law the first mandated provision for paid leave from work (at half pay) for people who say that they have family problems to deal with.
We hear so much about "rights" -- a right to this and a right to that. People say they have a right to decent housing, a right to adequate health care, food and a decent job, and more recently, senior citizens have a right to prescription drugs.
The Bush administration has announced a revolutionary change in U.S. military strategy: from America's decades-old deterrence policy to a preemptive-strike scenario designed to neutralize hostile states and terrorist groups.
When George Bush's tax cuts of last year expire in 2010 -- those cuts that top Democrats insist should die rather than live past the cutoff date -- 36 million taxpayers will be paying the "alternative minimum tax," a levy contrived in 1986 to make sure everybody pays something.
Let's hear it for the blokes. London's chattering class, from whence come the columns and commentary fueling the oh-so-witty dinner-table conversations rife with anti-Americanisms, anti-Bushisms and anti-Semitisms, imagines it speaks for everyone in Old Blighty.