I know everyone talks about the D.C. culture, but in every other culture that absorbs a varied number of people from all the States learns to find a balance. When I went to work for DoD, the draft was still in place and we had people (enlisted and civilian) from every state in the nation. It was our strength, yes occasionally there would be fire works between a guy from Boston and a guy from Savannah...I remember a huge hullabaloo between 2 men from different parts of the East Coast locked in a battle royale over the correct pronunciation of the word 'creek'........is it 'crik' or 'creek'.... So everyone else thought it was nuts, but it didn't matter because we always did our job. I could loath the gal next to me but I could trust her.
That's what I think this D.C. crap is about....it got perverse along the way...elected officials stated to glom onto just the party and not the people/voters they are supposed to be representing.
The States need to start sending better people to Washington, we are awash with idiots, and it has to stop.