3 Jul 2012
The Washington Post
Washington has learned to pronounce “derecho.”
But we may never figure out how to say, “que sera.”
In some ways, it’s what defines this place.
Suddenly, the nation’s legislators, regulators, litigators and officiators are left helpless, sweating in their underpants, surrounded by their rotting food and blank-screened BlackBerrys.
“Someone must be held accountable for this!” they say.
But how can you drag a historic thunderstorm before a congressional subcommittee? Would it be possible to handcuff 70-mph winds? Indict a jet stream hovering above a hot air mass?
There is no Washington-style redress for the rare and devastating thunderstorm that whomped the region Friday night and that has left a good chunk of its ruling class without electricity.
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