Massie admires the American system:

[S]ure, you could look at a year of grinding health-care debate, some of it tedious and some of it ridiculous, and complain that this shows how broken American politics is. But I think it may actually be the other way round: the system is neither irretrievably nor fundamentally broken and the United States, by dint of history and diversity, remains the great experimental, democratic melting pot.

The sad day - the day when we'll know something really has changed - is when big stuff happens in Congress and no-one cares. Happily that prospect still seems some way off.

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