There was a huge rumble in Washington yesterday, and for once, it wasn’t about politics.
At least, not at first.
An earthquake in Virginia that registered at 5.8 on the Richter scale had politicians and the general public alike rattled in the Capitol.
Many government buildings were evacuated, and a few stayed shut down all day. Cell phone service was interrupted, the Washington Monument is closed indefinitely until cracks at the top can be evaluated and the National Cathedral lost three of its spires in the shake.
Still, things got back to close to normal fairly quickly. Proforma senate had a very brief meeting in a new location, testing their contingency plans. Obama was quickly briefed on the ecological event. And lawmakers checked in via twitter.
And once it was made clear that no one was hurt, it became inevitable that some partisan pot shots would occur. Conservatives began to point out that the president was away on vacation during the event. Liberals began making cracks about nuclear power and cutting the US Geological Survey’s budget. And one pundit even started joking that the earthquake still did less damage than House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.
Just another day in D.C. We’ll see what happens if Hurricane Irene hits.
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