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I come away from the show feeling not naked contempt for the pols but sympathy for the pushes, pulls, and pressures that come with their jobs.
Huge implications of a lower cost per barrel will make John Kerry's job even tougher.
The tension between setting out a positive agenda for governing and the pressure to continue to block and obstruct will be very, very high.
Imagine if they aligned to form a Centrist Caucus, providing the votes needed to top 50 percent in return for commitments on a list of priorities.
The corrosive influence of unlimited money in politics continues to grow.
Reality check: The bigger problems aren't because individuals don't get along; they're because of larger factors in the political culture.
Lawmakers need to reconsider both the NFL's antitrust exemption and the farcical nonprofit status of the league.