Morning Mix: Shake Up In D.C.


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 dayCell 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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Hope S.
Hope Sellers6 years ago

James C. My thoughts also.

Jamie Clemons
Jamie Clemons6 years ago

One of the nuclear plants lost power and had to run on backup generators one of the backup generators failed but the others worked, but all the media will say is that nuclear power is safe and everything is ok.

Jamie Clemons
Jamie Clemons6 years ago

They traced the epicenter to a small cemetery in Va. They determined the cause of the earthquake was the founding fathers rolling over in their graves.

K s Goh
KS Goh6 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Veronica C.
Veronica C6 years ago

DC could use some shaking up, but not this kind.

Fred Krohn
Fred Krohn6 years ago

Cue up 'Tremble Tremor' from ZAKAS Shunk Daddy Grind...

I put more blame on the Dummycrats than on Cantor.

Sharon A.
Sharon A6 years ago

I LOVE it....Miranda L., ...."if only he'd been there he could have stopped it".....LMAO.....

Have to agree with Billie C., Mother Nature is sick and tired of the crap being poured out onto her and her offspring by ALL PARTIES....Time to grow up and play nice boys..and girls...

Carol M.
Carol M6 years ago

They say there was also a problem with the White House - it's now leaning more to the left.

Suzanne H.
Suzanne H6 years ago

Maybe Mother Earth is nudging Kanter to change his mind.....

Brenda Towers
Brenda Towers6 years ago

Thanks for the information.