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Russian revolutionary Vladimir Lenin famously said, “There are decades where nothing happens, and there are weeks where decades happen.” They often qualify as fulfilling the ancient Chinese curse, “May you live in interesting times.”
We’re about to learn whether one or both fits the present. In the meantime, much drama awaits as the 118th Congress, probably the most narrowly divided Congress in American history, begins on January 3rd.
Some of that drama occurred last week, and House and Senate Republicans gathered to elect the leaders they will nominate candidates for Speaker, majority leader, assistant leader, and more. Those candidates will be confirmed on Day One of the new Congress, but the House, in particular, may go through some drama as it settles on a Speaker of the House. More on that later.