Your gilded capital is gilding itself more slowly. Tighter federal spending is the reason.
"This Town" is a joy to read. But it's a poor guide to how Washington works in 2013. And it will reinforce Booker's worst instincts as a politician.
Is Washington gridlocked because the parties are intellectually exhausted?
When you're judging policy, "good" and "bad" make sense. So does "popular" and "unpopular," and "likely to pass" and "no chance." But "the center"? Not so much.