According to Leonard Cohen, “Democracy is coming to the USA”, but it’s taking its time. The Tea Party, so eager that the US should bomb Middle Eastern countries so as to persuade them of democracy’s virtues, haven’t quite got the hang of it themselves. Obama’s healthcare plan, well-intentioned but deeply compromised, is voted through. They try to get rid of it, and then try to get rid of him, and in both cases they lose the vote. So what do they do? Sit and sulk, stopping the whole business of government because they haven’t got their way. Mercifully, large numbers of voters are getting the message, and will make them suffer for it, but it’s taken far too long.