New at Reason: If you think this is a uniquely bad time for Washington politics, you have no historical memory. Don't you remember when the president was forced to kneel before General Zod? Remember when the president had to nuke New York while his wife was there? When Serbs or something took over the president's plane, and he had to whup some ass? When the president was kidnapped, and Captain Kirk (a Canadian, for Christ's sake!) had to rescue him? Jesse Walker throws popcorn at the screen of movie politics.