The 10 most important American political stories of 2022: Part One

Welcome, friends, to our favorite time of year, when columnists hither and yon fill their allotted inches and/or pixels with retrospectives written well in advance, as we are relaxing with kith and kin while sipping cognac by the fire (more accurately, downing cheap bourbon while watching Star Wars before passing out alone on the couch) while you read this.  So let’s fill some space: This week and next, the 10 most important American political stories of 2022; the week after, my 10 biggest questions for 2023.