It’s been noted that people tend to fall into one of two categories: those who divide everything into two categories and those who don’t. In that spirit I propose that orthodox political thought always reflects one of two fallacies: that everything used to be better or that everything will be better in the future.
This week in Washington, the Federal Fandango is again in full swing. It looks a lot like The Hucklebuck — “Wiggle like a snake/ Wobble like a duck/ That’s the way you do it when you do The Hucklebuck.” Except the new Federal Fandango is not about huckling the buck, but passing it.
Depressed and demoralized White House staffers say working at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue is “life in a hellhole” as they try to deal with a sullen, moody President whose temper tantrums drive staffers crying from the room and bring the business of running the country to a halt.