In the heat of an election campaign, it can be difficult to remember what the stakes are. On more that one occassion, I turned to the recently-sort-of-and-hopefully-only-temporarily-retired Steven Den Beste's strategic overview of the Current Mess to help sort things out. But it's awfully big for a blog entry (surprise!) and can be too much for a newbie to handle.
Fortunately, Joshua Zader is here to help.