Dana Milbank has a dark night of the soul:
I envy [my father] that connection to a cause that stirred so many Americans and defined a generation. My generation, Generation X, has no equivalent…. We lacked a cause greater than self…. Without any concept of actual combat or crisis, a new crop of leaders--Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Paul Ryan, Sarah Palin… substitute[s] factional causes…. The generational drift is nonpartisan. President Obama has extraordinary talents but shows no ability to unify the nation.
Cruz, Obama, Palin, Paul, Ryan: is one of these things not like the other ones? Is it really Obama's fault that Cruz, Palin, Paul, and Ryan exist? Is it really Obama's fault that he cannot do what Roosevelt, Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, and Johnson could not do? The only President who unified the nation was Nixon--against himself.
Why oh why can't we have a better press corps?