One Photo That Captures How We All Feel About Washington

ABC News Correspondent Karen Travers tweeted this photograph, captured from an ABC News camera, of the storm that swept through Washington, D.C. earlier today:

Washington DC Lightning

I don’t think any further comment is necessary.

Doug Mataconis
About Doug Mataconis
Doug Mataconis held a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020. He passed far too young in July 2021.


  1. James Pearce says:

    First they should be afflicted with boils. Then the lightning…..

  2. Liberal Capitalist says:

    Doug… I’m not sure what you mean by: “I don’t think any further comment is necessary.”

    From that picture, the first thing that I thought was that I hope that one of the most world famous edifices was not damaged.

    Clearly, I don’t understand what you are implying.

    Please elaborate.

  3. ernieyeball says:

    Hey now baby, get into my big black car.
    Hey now baby, get into my big black car.
    I just want to show you what my politics are.

    All three are still alive.

  4. @Liberal Capitalist:

    I am saying that Washington, D.C. is a wretched hive of scum and villainy

  5. Tillman says:

    @Liberal Capitalist: I think what he’s saying is the strike of Mjöllnir upon the Capitol building is a sign that Thor, indefatigable defender of Asgard, has drunk so much mead that he’s mistaking the Capitol for his nemesis, the all-devouring serpent Jörmungandr.

    Hopefully this doesn’t set off Ragnarok and doom us all.

  6. Janis Gore says:

    It reminds me of that Chiffon commercial:

  7. rodney dill says:

    @Tillman: Uff-da

  8. Moosebreath says:

    I think this captures the competing interpretations of Doug and Tillman well.

  9. Mu says:

    Of course you could see that as the weather trying to jump start congress, but to me it looks like even lightning is avoiding to be sunk into that morass that is congress.

  10. al-Ameda says:

    It looks like the bolt hit the Spray Tan Annex.

  11. liberal cpaitalist says:

    @Doug Mataconis: @Doug Mataconis:

    I am saying that Washington, D.C. is a wretched hive of scum and villainy

    Thanks for that personal insight, Doug.

    And you know… I think this is what really sums up the difference between a progressive and a conservative.

    * A progressive may admit that there are challenges, and work to better a situation.

    * A conservative sees the bad in a system, damns it for its faults, and walks away.

    Personally, I believe that the libertarians and its whackadoodle cousin the Tea Party are the apogee of the conservative political thought (often summed up by some as “I’ve got mine, F.U.).

    Still, the conservative framework is really great for complaining over a beer, or bonding with other like minded individuals… unfortunately, that seems to lead to those “macaca” moments, the Romney 47% comment, or the continuous foot-in-mouth comments about women from the GOP.

    How far from that to the morans that modify their trucks for “burning coal”., eh? One don’t get there without keeping some festering, burning internal hatred.

    But I digress.

    Granted, if this were a rough draft where we could just crumple up a piece of paper and start over… well, that would be fine. But there are a LOT of us that think that this current system could and should work… and we have generations untold that are counting on us to make it work.

    So there’s that.

    As always, I enjoy the discourse here as it provides an understanding of how others see their world.

  12. Vast Variety says:

    @Doug Mataconis: Maybe they need a Jedi to clean the place up.

  13. DrDaveT says:

    Um, guys? This photo shows God smiting the Library of Congress — the Jefferson Building, to be precise — which perhaps conveys an entirely different message.