It’s all about the change … and it’ll never happen.  I don’t know how the electorate can be so gullible as to think that any of these people can actually “change the culture of Washington”.  I’ve been listening to candidates talk about changing Washington as long as I’ve been paying attention to elections … and it hasn’t happened  yet.

“Change”.  “Work across the aisle in a bi-partisan way”.  They all say it.  Every man and woman jack that runs for office at any level.  “I’m going to change Washington”.  And when they get there, they find Washington changes them.  The ones that really try to make changes are beaten down by the entrenched interests, and anyone who tries to work across the aisle is branded a traitor next election or ostracised by his or her party.

Which makes this pretty funny.

I really wish someone could change Washington.  It certainly needs it.  I’m not sure any of the current crop on either side is the one to do it.  But I don’t think it’s possible for one person to change the long-standing culture of Washington.  It’ll take a concerted effort on the parts of both parties, the White House, Congress (both houses), lobbyists, special interests … how can one person, no matter how powerful, be an agent for change in that morass.   Sometimes I think we’d be better off to just clean house, down to the staffs and lobbyists, K Street lawyers, members of Congress, Cabinet, and President … sweep the whole thing clean and start with a clean slate.  Just tell them all “You’re Fired.  You’ve got 20 minutes to clean out your desks”. 

But I’m afraid the trappings of power, like the Dark Side of the Force, would have it right back to where it is in a matter of years, if not months.

I know, that all sounds very “glass half empty”.  And in a way, it is.  But I believe Winston Churchill said “Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others that have been tried”. 

So, I’ll go vote tomorrow, cross my fingers, and hope that this is the year that we can see just a tiny bit of change.



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  1. The only way you’ll see change is by electing really smart men and women of integrity, one by one. Change in our system works best when it’s incremental rather than revolutionary, so the people we elect need to know Washington well enough to work with it instead of paddling upstream on everything. Jimmy Carter might have been an effective agent of change in the Washington culture except that he didn’t know how to negotiate with Congress. As I recall, there were some pretty bad jealousies on the Hill at the time, too, and that didn’t help him any.

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