With the inauguration now over, it’s time for DC to return to normal. Well, easier said than done. Yes, the nets and fences and road closure that tangled the nation’s capital last weekend have gone away, but this city has a way of never really reaching that condition called “normal” – rather, it tends to flit from event to event and mess to mess.
Three months ago, we were in full Election Mode. Three weeks ago, we were falling off the fiscal cliff. January began with fleets of moving trucks bringing new members to Capitol Hill and carrying away the belongings of those who had retired or lost. Three days ago, we were ushering in the second presidency of Barack Obama; and three hours ago the area was still trying to gain its footing after an inch – yes, an inch – of snow. Normal DC? We don’t even know what that is anymore.
Over in the Senate, Senator Dianne Feinstein brought a veritable arsenal of assault weapons into the Capitol as part of her press conference about legislation she’s putting forward on gun control. She had to get a special permit to bring them into the district limits; though it begs the question of just how many are here without the accompanying proper paperwork. In the House, questions on if there may be a new normal in partisan cooperation, as House Republicans sign off on a deal that pushes off the debt ceiling debate until May.
Until then, DC lives in its own version of “normal”. At least, until the next *snowstorm.* We’re expecting another inch this weekend.
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