MINOT, N.D. — We like to describe politics as the “marketplace of ideas.”
If only it were so.
A marketplace, in the economic sense, tends to be innovative. Competition drives a constant need to find the new and improved.
There is little innovation taking place in America’s political thinking. At least at the national level.
When we get bad news — like coronavirus, currently — the national political class reaches for their trusty we-gotta-do-something toolbox.