Bushlandia, carnival centerpiece in Torres Verdes, Portugal; photo credit: Skip Kaltenheuser
Washington, DC is a town that takes itself way too seriously. It depends on Jon Stewart for an injection of levity.
Skip Kaltenheuser, a chronicler of carnivals around the world, has just written up his proposal to bring Carnival to Washington. And given New York Times diplomatic correspondent Helene Cooper’s efforts to “hip up” Washington, I think a political extravaganza on floats with a bit of wildness would be just the thing to get over the bad hangover after the George W. Bush administration.
Bill Clinton and Jealous Mistress, carnival float in Cologne, Germany; photo credit: Skip Kaltenheuser
Maybe Jon Stewart — or Colbert — could be Carnival King. . .and Maureen Dowd or Arianna Huffington, queen?
— Steve Clemons