Washington has various mysteries.
Why is there an H Street, an I Street and a K Street, but no J Street?
How is it that DC can’t hold on to a professional baseball team?
And, of course, how is it that Vice-President Dick Cheney manages to be responsible for pretty much every major goof-up that’s happened on the Bush administration’s watch and yet still maintain his rep as the shrewdest operator and surest hand in the administration? This one gets you into quantum mechanics and grand unified theory territory. (Cheney’s role in the unfolding North Korea embarrassment is just the latest in a long list of screw-ups.)
In any case, I take a stab at solving the mystery in my new article in the Washington Monthly.