It is inauguration day in America, and the question today is, who’s happier about it, Republicans or Democrats?

As we get ready to swear in President Joe Biden amidst a gigantic military presence in the nation’s capitol, and at capitol buildings across America, we’re also facing an impeachment trial in the Senate, and calls from many Democrats to hold the Trump administration accountable for its misdeeds, and from Republicans to put the last four years behind us and “unify.”

I sat down with two of Connecticut’s leading partisan political minds, each of whom has been sharply critical of their parties. Liz Kurantowicz is a Republican strategist and fundraiser, Bill Curry is a former Democratic gubernatorial candidate and advisor to President Bill Clinton.

Both of them feel their parties are in better shape with Donald Trump out of office – but what happens next?

John is CT Mirror's Director of Events. A well-known and highly-regarded radio personality and moderator, he divides his time between CT Mirror — where he heads up our events program and serves as a multi-platform consultant — and the NPR / PRI program Science Friday. Previously, John was executive editor of the New England News Collaborative and the host of NEXT, a weekly program about New England. He also appeared weekly on The Wheelhouse, WNPR’s news roundtable program. His 25 years in public media also include serving as vice president of news for Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network, host of WNPR’s Where We Live, and regular fill-in host for the PRI program Science Friday in New York. He was twice recognized by PRNDI as America’s best public radio call-in show.