David F. Reynolds
It seems to be lost. Our nation’s political center is missing. That elusive spot on the political map where compromises once took place has disappeared. Washington has run out of not just financial capital, but political capital.
Why bother? It’s only politics? We should care because politics is the currency by which we govern. Without politics — and the compromises that take place at the political center — we cannot effectively govern ourselves. With the center gone, our ability to govern is missing in action, much like a battle is lost when the center fails to hold. Not sure? Ask any former member of the United States Congress.
Reynolds writes from Lexington.