A comedy group known as the Capitol Steps was broadcasting on the radio today. This is the comedy troupe which, in the past at least, has partly been made up of Capitol Hill staffers. Their humor tends to be dead-on and is reliably entertaining.
I caught part of this year's broadcast on the theme of "politics takes a holiday." Of particular value were songs letting some of the hot air out of the politicians' very hot balloon. This kind of humor begins to hint at the public's mocking disdain for Washington politics.
What seems missing is any hint of the dishonesty of the election process itself, a process which is now so tainted as to be unworthy of any kind of voter fealty. This is a point I have been making repeatedly here ever since the November vote.
So The Capitol Steps in hilarious musical satire have skewered the self-importance of the politicians. Wittingly or unwittingly, however, they have pointed up the Democrats' supposed new emphasis on the Democratic base. Traditional Democratic concern for the poor and disadvantaged was highlighted in the broadcast.. Somehow U.S. politics still matters enough to remember this key demarcation between Democrats and the modern Republican party, dominated by what the Capitol Steps rightly called the crazy far right.
It has been a fairly wild year. Until the desire for honesty grows stronger, the new year will be much like the old. However, such an outcome is not inevitable. The increasing clarity of the average voter's observant eye gives hope for a degree of movement toward the truth before another "silly season (of politics)" commences. That would definitely be a step up.
Capitol Steps on the Radio