During the halcyon 1990s, we labeled annual congressional temper
tantrums for what they were: standard, if boring, budget impasses. Now, though,
in a hilariously non-ironic flail for ratings, news outlets have taken Nigel
So often are the certitudes and pronouncements of the chattering class simply mistaken that they must always be treated with deep skepticism. That is especially true when anything important is at stake—from the arguments for invading Iraq several years ago to today's economic stagnation...