How Much Drama?

Drama might not be the best metric by which to measure an administration, but it’s one we’ve been taught to apply over the past dozen years.

Eight years of “no-drama” turned out to be too easy to spin as under-delivery.

Four years of extreme drama partly obscured spectacular failures to deliver, but kept the whole world transfixed at an unhealthy and unsustainable level.

And so the new administration will face a serious choice: how dramatically will it take on an opposition that’s sure to be just as intransigent as they remember — and then some?

It’s high time for a calmer, cooler-headed presidency. But it’s also going to be important to dramatize obstinate obstruction — who’s responsible, what they’re doing, and what it costs.