American politics often resembles a Greek tragicomedy -- except all that should make us cry has us snickering in disgust, and the more we laugh at the absurdity of the body politic, the worse it gets.
From Anywhere, USA, to Washington, D.C., the halls of government seem replete with manipulators, liars and thieves running the show.
Unlike the Greeks, the bad guys in these power plays aren't the ones drinking the poison to illustrate a moral point, though. Rather, the condition of American politics is poisoning us all.
We suffer from growing cynicism and lowest-common-denominator expectations for our leaders. We are, in essence, in a general state of ennui.