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.