A column I wrote a couple weeks ago about the Clark County Republican Party led to an interesting conversation with a friend of mine. The local Republicans had chastised Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler for voting to end the government shutdown, and I questioned whether it was wise for officials to cannibalize one of their own as part of an ongoing fight for the soul of the party.
I received a call awhile back, during my previous life as a sports editor, from a gentleman who identified himself as a Native American and wanted to talk about the furor over the Washington Redskins' nickname.
I didn't intend to turn this into "Brian Baird: The Miniseries." After all, I wrote about the former U.S. representative last week, and that's normally a big enough dose of anything that has to do with Congress.
We need to talk. About violence. About guns. About mental illness. We need to talk about the things that seem so maddeningly difficult to talk about in this country. We need to talk about the same things we needed to talk about after the last mass shooting, and the one before that, and the one before that.