The bible of the beltway, The Washington Post, is in the business of covering politics.
At one time, political push and pull simply was the way to get things done. Currently, it's the platform for mainstream side-taking. To be properly participating in that game, we have to be wild-eyed, convinced of the rightness of our positions, and evangelical.
We all become the Mr. Smith who goes to Washington, without having to actually leave our Internet connection. We can land on media sites, like, share, and leave comments. We can create our own blog posts, hammer our opinions on Facebook, and live-tweet the television debate which takes up The Issue.
Obviously such a state of high frenzy cannot be sustained. There could be a rush to regulation just to neutralize the force field. Reasoned debate will be impossible. Even the usual informal sorting out of issues which happens in small talk is no longer practiced. We are all too scared about someone jumping down our throat.
Leaders who approach controversy in a mild manner could be the kind of superheroes America needs. Let's watch for more of that in Campaign 2016.