Watching the debt ceiling debate makes you think everyone in D.C. has forgotten there is a country to run beyond the Beltway
Remember that famous scene at the end of the movie The Untouchables where the crooked judge in Al Capone's case switches juries so as to ensure a fair prosecution of the gangster? Remember how immediately that changes the tone and tenor of that story? Wouldn't it be great if there were some great force in America today who was wise and powerful enough to choreograph the same sort of switch on behalf of the American people?
Out would go the current crop of federal lawmakers. Out would go their staff members and lobbyists. Out would go all the Washington reporters who have been covering the debt/deficit debacle. The whole bright, shrieking lot of them. Poof. Gone. And in their place would come to D.C. other smart people, from beyond the Beltway, breathers of fresh air, as yet unsullied by the partisan swamp, to make (and explain) the deal we all know needs to get done.
I live roughly 1,500 miles from Capitol Hill. I have the luxury of watching the disaster from afar. And the view from here of what has transpired in Washington over the past week-- from the childish blowup of negotiations last Friday between President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner to this Friday's grisly rendering of a doomed House bill -- is simply appalling. No wonder people think less of Congress than at any time since Watergate.