The really sad thing isn’t even that somebody is wasting the Senate’s time by quoting Dr. Seuss and offering uninspired imitations of Darth Vader while the entire country has to worry about a government shutdown. What is really sad is that people keep voting for politicians who are completely useless at what they do and will keep voting for them.

Will the happy day finally come when I will open a news app and see no stories about circus-like antics in the Senate? Is there a chance we will once read about our elected representatives coming to work and actually achieving something other than endless posturing and bickering?

A colleague from the PoliSci department came to visit me yesterday and told me how hard it is to get the students to notice a difference between Marx and Mussolini, so I guess the answer to my questions is “Not a chance.”

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