For official Washington, a truly horrible year

Who had the worst year in Washington? The answer is easy: official Washington. …

Official Washington, with the media as active participants, has become obsessed with winners and losers — the question of how much one side gains from the other side’s losses — and with the maneuvering and calculations of the moment. It has been a banner year for measuring ups and downs, at least for those inside the Beltway.

What counts for most Americans is something different. They expect at least minimal competence and productivity from those they send to Washington to represent them. CONT.

Dan Balz, Washington Post