This week, as Joe Biden inched closer to jumping into the presidential race, Ben Carson inched closer to forcing us to retire the use of “brain surgeon” as a linguistic stand-in for “brilliant genius,” with thunderingly dumb comments about guns, the Umpqua Community College shooting, and the Holocaust. Meanwhile, Congressional Republicans took on the trappings of a badly written soap opera, with Kevin McCarthy abruptly withdrawing from contention as the next Speaker due to opposition from Tea Partiers who didn’t find him conservative enough — or was it really because of those rumors of a steamy extramarital affair with a colleague? Tune in next time for “As the GOP Turns”… Is it any surprise that neither John Boehner nor Paul Ryan wants a position that has gone from someone who can get things done to someone who promises to stop all things from getting done? Welcome to today’s Washington.
(This commentary was sampled from The Huffington Post.)