WASHINGTON is suddenly hip again, infused with the heady double-barreled combination of a new crowd of idealistic young political worker bees, who actually believe they can change the world, and the arrival of America's first black president. It's even cool to wave the Stars and Stripes. And in the honeymoon months of the Barack Obama presidency, before the country's marriage to its new president undergoes the usual souring, a trip to the nation's capital is just the ticket. Why, it would almost be unpatriotic not to visit.Funny, I always thought it was something to be proud of.
When the Times goes out of business this year, and the Maureen Dowd’s new career consists of working a glory hole at a pornographic book store in Newark, I will open that bottle of Champale I have been saving up for just such a special occasion.