The coiffed hair. The power suits. The empty promises. There’s something in the air: the crisp smell of an impending election year.
But in DC, election season means something more than just obnoxious political ads on repeat (though, also that). Live here long enough -- or longer than four years -- and you’ll become attuned to certain telltale signs that you’re in the middle of an election year. Here are 10 ways to know that season has kicked off in DC.
Traffic medians have been completely redecorated
And candidates, don’t forget to remove those signs after November 8th, 2016. You’ll do that, right? Right?!
You’ve turned down three debate party invites -- because you are going to another debate party
Election bingo. Debate drinking games. Don’t blame that hangover on yourself. It’s all Donald Trump’s fault. You were forced to take a shot every time he said something crazy about China or Mexico. The party ran out of liquor.
You turned down more exciting plans -- because you are going to another debate party
Your buddy scored some last minute Caps tickets from the office? Too bad you’ve already resigned yourself to a long evening of admiring Lincoln Chafee looking like a deer in headlights.