Where are the ATMs? Coming from NYC where cash is so easily turned over, virtually on every other street corner, Washington DC definitely obviously seems much less "financial" but also much less tumultuous, obnoxious, and loud. So will the real ninth circle stand up?
Make no mistake about it: NYC is lost....lost and spinning terribly in its over-development and narcissism that runs amok. New Yorkers glorify in being here even if they are only passing through on their way to the Hamptons or to Connecticut. So why should they care? In DC everyone is on a team even if they do not even know it. Hence more lapel pins and identification cards draping around the necks of players, tourists, and small time lobbyists of all sorts, worn even as plastic badges of stubborn small-time honor. In DC its the spectacle of "pluralism." Those who are most animated are ambitious and self-serving, as they are in any city, but more ideologically driven. New Yorkers make no such pretenses. Teams do not matter here because everyone, whether they play in the streets or in the suites, wants to be rich, and so there is only one team. The beloved darling of a smirking Mayor of this liberal city, who, need I remind you, spoke at the 2004 GOP Convention was even once a Democrat. Now? I guess he has settled in just fine.