This has little to do with politics, by the way, unless we’re talking local politics. Outsiders and the media think of “Washington” as not a place but a soap opera of contested power in Congress and the presidency, as if real people don’t live here, sell real estate, work on cars and computers, make art and music, raise kids, and so on. (Random example: the long-running TV program This Week in Washington has nothing to do with the city of Washington or its residents.) I suppose we’re stuck with the caricature, as Detroit once was with the auto industry and Hollywood is with movies. If you’re a local, it’s annoying as hell; but that’s a rant for another day.