We have survived the summer of our discontent. Weathered all the natural disasters: hurricanes, floods, and wildfires, even an East Coast earthquake.
But we certainly have not weathered nor resolved all of our other disasters and discontents -- the ones of politics and government that we cannot blame on Nature, so we blame on each other. All those woes -- from economic anemia to dysfunctional governance -- didn't go away when Washington went on vacation.
Indeed, when Official Washington traipsed back to town after Labor Day, it saw, staring it in the face, one of the capital's ugliest, paint-by-the-numbers big pictures: