1. A very famous professor of political philosophy wrote me that "we’re at Obama’s mercy." Well, that’s true enough, which makes politics less than fascinating until he shows us what he’s going to do. That’s why there’s not so much for me to say right now. I will say that Mac Owens is right below. Most of Obama’s appointments seem serious and responsible so far, and that means he really does mean to hit the ground running. He remains brainy and self-disciplined.