WASHINGTON — If you had to describe American politics over this past summer, this might do the trick:

Big problems and petty politics.

Think about the big problems: Fires out in the West. A hurricane in the Southeast. Flooding in the East. A humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan. A deadly pandemic that’s not gone away. A surge of migrants at the border. Oh, and an attack on the U.S. Capitol — just eight months ago — as Congress was certifying election results.

Then match them with all the petty politics we’ve seen: A recall election in California (when that governor is already up for re-election next year and after previous failed attempts to recall him).

Congressional Democrats arguing about procedure over which legislative priority should come first — infrastructure or reconciliation/climate.

Republicans criticizing President Biden’s handling of Afghanistan, but not offering solutions how to fix the problem (when many of…

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