After the Senate hearingson President Obama's nomination of former Sen. Chuck Hagel for Secretary of Defense, several important points need to be made.
Democracy was never a gift bestowed on the multitude by the top layers of our society, either at the country's founding or in its subsequent history.
Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., has carefully cultivated the image of a political moderate. It was that image that allowed him to get elected in 2010 in the first place.
Whether or not Martha Coakley wins the Senate seat today in Massachusetts, the battle for the interpretation of what it all means is already underway.
As Chicago Mayor Harold Washington used to say, "Politics ain't beanbag."