MINOT, N.D. — My beat is politics, and on the political beat, there is little in the way of good news to offer.
Our nation is not governed well. The national debt has topped $30 trillion, and Congress doesn’t even really bother to budget anymore. Our president is a fool — a doddering political dinosaur who spent his career aspiring to the White House only to finally achieve it by becoming a figurehead for his party’s progressive base.
But at least he’s not Donald Trump. So there’s that.
“The Democrats are the party that says government will make you smarter, taller, richer, and remove the crabgrass on your lawn. The Republicans are the party that says government doesn’t work and then they get elected and prove it,” the lately departed P.J. O’Rourke wrote in 2003 .
It’s still an accurate summary nearly two decades later.