VIRGINIA POSTREL MISSES GRIDLOCK: "What has Congress accomplished? A pork-filled highway bill (Is there any other kind?) and an energy bill that's all subsidies plus Daylight Saving Time--everything for which there was an actual policy debate was removed as 'controversial.' Who, after all, can be against giving money to constituents?" Nobody, apparently. She also points to another downside: "By jettisoning any pretense to free-market principles, the GOP is defining itself entirely as the party of the religious right."