Here's a quick and easy way to tell people's political orientation without going into all these tiresome "sequester"-type details. Have them watch a little bit of this video, shot earlier today at the White House Easter Egg Roll, and see if they find it charming and relatable, or instead maddening and show-off-y. I bet there is a very close correlation between those reactions and the presidential vote last year and general Republican/Democratic sympathies. That is all. Source here.
James Fallows is a national correspondent for The Atlantic and has written for the magazine since the late 1970s. He has reported extensively from outside the United States and once worked as President Carter's chief speechwriter. He and his wife, Deborah Fallows, are the authors of the new book Our Towns: A 100,000-Mile Journey Into the Heart of America, which has been a New York Times best seller and is the basis of a forthcoming HBO documentary.