Matters in Washington are in such an apparently fluid state that this is not a time for extended comment. Followers of RINOcracy.com will know our view that the entire defunding/shutdown/debt ceiling gambit was ill-advised, dangerous and self-destructive. Does President Obama bear some responsibility for the present state of affairs? Of course he does. But the public seems to regard the Republicans as primarily responsible, and the view here is that, sadly, they have it right. We will have more to say about all that when at least some of the dust has settled.
In the meantime, it is Columbus Day, an occasion that need not pass without celebration or at least comment. In 1933, Ogden Nash marked the day with a poem “Look What You Did Christopher.” The poem is a gently satirical history of the nation and its historical development. In 1933, the depression was well underway, but Nash managed to end on a cautiously optimistic note:
The American people,
With grins jocose,
Always survive the fatal dose.
And though our systems are slightly wobbly
We’ll fool the doctor this time, probly.
That may suffice as a thought for the day.