So I got back to the nation's capital just as Congress was passing the last-minute legislation to avoid an October 1 government shutdown, which I'd discussed two posts ago (http://tiny.cc/…). Cue the sound of one hand clapping.
The other hand refuses to join in the applause for this exercise. Three reasons:
-- It's another kick-the-can-down-the-road maneuver. Nothing was resolved. The date of the shutdown was just moved back to December 11.
-- It only got done because John Boehner announced he's stepping down as Speaker at the end of October. ...