Look, I'll be 49 years old next week. I've seen too many Washington "crises" to be frightened by this latest freakout. I'm having a hard time thinking of the last time the Beltway establishment consensus was right about anything. Hell, people in D.C. can't even drive, and we're supposed to trust them to run the economy?
As I mentioned yesterday, the last time I saw such broad-based bipartisan panic in Washington, it was over the "crisis" of Saddam's weapons of mass destruction. How's that working out for you?
This whole bailout business is really bringing out a nasty "we're the guys in suits and ties, the serious people, the ones who create our own reality, and if the public doesn't buy what we're peddling, we'll pout a little and maybe throw a tantrum on the living room floor" reaction from the beltway bobbleheads.
Remember that the next time you're tempted to take a day off and let these whistledicks do your thinking for you. And if you haven't rattled your Senator's ear with some Old Testament rhetoric ("woe unto he who appeases the Paulson!") yet, get on the horn. Now. [Update: If you can get through. Kit Bond's office is giving me an "all circuits are busy" response; Claire McCaskill's number has been forwarding to a "voice mail box is full -- goodbye" message all week - TLK]