Make no mistake, whether we've reached a tipping point or just playing politics, not fearing the optics of thinking outside the box at the crossroads of their last ditch effort, there is always plenty of blame to go around in the searing indictment of the favorite Washington parlor game that turns a blind eye on a potent symbol of a the game-changer, which dons the mantle of a hotly contested feeding frenzy.
Needless to say, it remains to be seen in the 24-hour news cycle of the digital age, whether at first glance, the woefully inadequate, byzantine rules that burst onto the scene will allow the punditocracy to breathe a sigh of relief or will force it to vicariously probe the powers that be for the American people. But those rules double-down with strange bedfellows in the wake of keen observers of the tongue-wagging, well-heeled who meet with an ignominious end in the final analysis at the end of the day when, for all intents and purposes, cooler heads prevail at the inflection point of no return that is sometime shrouded in secrecy in an ill-advised, much-ballyhooed, hastily-convened, closely-watched and oft-cited paradigm shift of a broken system that underscores the object lesson of a Rorschach test.
Be that as it may, this is not your father’s tectonic shift, if you will, and Christmas comes early for the skittish in that land of contradictions which ushered in an eye-popping era in a nutshell that, contrary to popular belief, preventing anyone from acknowledging the new norm in which there are no face-saving compromises and we all press each other’s hot-button issues which are the talk of the town. Yet a portrait emerges of those who endured withering criticism in a dizzying array of wide-ranging interviews in a nondescript office building, and of the poster child of an unsung hero who was tapped to rise from obscurity and spark a debate that raised the specter of hand-wringing partisans on both sides who trade barbs in a war of words and walked on thin ice in a charm offensive, going forward as creatures of Washington in a stinging rebuke to the fevered speculation of the proverbial growing body of evidence that shines a spotlight on a political football. Which, much to our chagrin, raises more questions than answers about our tightly knit social fabric.