the last spike

WASHINGTON — The 109th session of Congress, frustrated by partisanship and criticized for its meager record of accomplishment, ended with flurry of bill-passing and promises of change when Democrats take over the House and Senate in January. [Link]


I am reminded that when the last spike of the transcontinental railroad was driven at Promontory Summit in northern Utah, the striking of it was broadcast by telegraph. I wish they had done something like that today, as Dennis Hastert gaveled the 109th Congress to its ignoble end. We have CNN, C-Span and the Net now. I would’ve liked to see it – that inauspicious moment – sigh into history.

Simply a moral vacuum.