Peggy Noonan's trenchant analysis of the national economy by way of perambulation and anecdote:
The other day I was in a Wal-Mart in southern Florida. It was Sunday afternoon on a holiday weekend but even accounting for that the mood and look of the place was different from what it was two and five years ago. Then, things seemed dynamic--what buys, what an array of products, what bustle in the aisles. This time it seemed tired, frayed, with fewer families and scarcer employees.
What bustle! What buys!
Ms. Noonan also forecasts presidential elections based on the frequency of her white, Republican, affluent candidate's yardsigns posted in white, Republican, affluent neighborhoods.