Just a short post today to link to a strong reading recommendation: a fine essay on recent American politics by the Washington Post’s E.J. Dionne. Dionne makes an important point that should be obvious: the differences between moderate and progressive Democrats are small compared to the divide that separates them from the Republicans. (It’s a point that Paul Krugman also makes, from a different perspective.) Dionne’s essay is much more than a pep talk for Democrats to get it together, however; it includes an admirably nuanced and balanced review of the legacies of both the Clinton and Obama presidencies, and more. It’s a long read, but worth it.