The Corner

Mr. Derb Goes to Washington

OK, I am suiting up to ride Amtrak down to the Great Wen.

I can’t say I agree with Kathryn that DC is a romantic place. I love all

the national monuments — but that’s majesty, not romance. And yes, the

security barriers have taken the shine off everything. So, come to think of

it, have all those conversations I’ve had with Washington insiders, where I

ask: “Why doesn’t someone in Washington do something about…?” and then

they, after falling around laughing for a while, explain patiently to me

that nobody in Washington ever *does* anything, other than conduct turf

fights and take lunch with lobbyists.

Anyhoo, DC here I come. Hope to see some of you NRO readers at Kate’s this


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