This is the first in a series of dispatches from the front. Each forecast will provide insights into what the balance of 2015 looks like, presented to you every few days.
A view from the hill
“They’ve got a set of Republican waiters on one side and a set of Democratic waiters on the other side, but no matter which set of waiters brings you the dish, the legislative grub is all prepared in the same Wall Street kitchen.”
—Huey Long, campaign speech for the re-election of Senator Hattie Caraway (D-AR), 1932
It is tempting to write this in the Southern vernacular so popular during the days of wild-west politics. In many respects there are a lot of parallels today with how the business of the Congress was done in those heady days, when they really did call each other gentlemen, even though often they didn’t mean exactly that.