I'm alternating watching the House debate on the Bipartisan Debt Plan, and the Senate debate on same, and it is very, very depressing.
(With the usual exceptions: I'm looking at you, Senator Bernie Sanders!)
It's not just that the deal stinks (although it does); it's that this entire fiasco, born of a manufactured crisis during which a very real jobs crisis is going ignored, underlines how fundamentally dishonest, devoid of facts, and indifferent to the needs of average Americans the conversation in DC has become.
That's not news, of course. That's the reason I started this blog seven years ago.
This is just one of those moments in which the grim intractability of that mendacious detachment is put into such stark relief that it takes my breath away all over again.