We have reached, gentle reader, that curious time of year call The Holidays. Curious because nothing much ever seems to happen. We spend a lot of time and effort on presents for each other. A surprising number of them turn right around and head back to the shop they came from.
People don't do much either. President Obama is still the president, of course, but you haven't seen his name in the papers much recently. He's being what the scholars call "an inactive or passive president."
The Congress? That's a harder case. Sure, they haven't done much lately but, then, when did they?
You never run out of adjectives for Congress: passive or inactive, sure, but fulltime not just a seasonal lull like the one Obama is in.
You have to wonder what would happen if some country attacked us right now. Would Congress notice? And if it did, would it actually abandon its 535 golf courses and get together to do something for the country? The feeling here is probably not.
The harder question then is how did we get this way as a country? Answer: damned if I know.
There's an old saying which I always thought was preposterous: God is kind to drunks, fools and the United States of America. Who knows? Maybe it's true. That would be my holiday wish.
Morton is a retired political reporter who worked in Washington for CBS News from 1964-1993 and for CNN from 1993-2006. He attended his first political convention in 1960 and has been to most of them since then.