A Bummer Of A Summer

Newcomb Beach in Wellfleet

Newcomb Beach in Wellfleet, Mass. (Joseph Prezioso/AFP/Getty Images)

Opinion editorial by WBZ NewsRadio political analyst Jon Keller

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — It’s Labor Day, the so-called unofficial end of summer.

We empty-nesters know it’s really just the start of the best part of the season, when all the places you want to go in the summer are crowd-free.

But for most of us summer isn’t really a season as much as it is a state of mind, a time when – beginning in childhood - we take a step back from routines, worries and the outside world.

Or at least, it used to be.

Not so long ago, August was considered a dead zone for politics, a time when Congress adjourned, the president went on vacation and Washington D.C. was a no news zone for awhile.

Not anymore.

Thanks in part to social media, politicians with no life outside of roiling the news cycle can and do keep stirring the pot, even more so than normal because they’re the only game in town.

Whether or not this helps the culprits remains to be seen. I look to next year’s election as a partial referendum on how voters feel about never getting a break from this trolling.

And this summer seems not to have been a relief from the worries of the world for businesses and tourists down the Cape, who dealt with a tornado, shark-related beach closures, and the usual insane traffic, a toxic stew that may send some tourists fleeing for relatively-bucolic Maine and Rhode Island.

Even the usually-reliable pleasure of baseball in the background has been more of a low-grade headache for Red Sox fans this summer.

Let’s hope this bummer of a summer was a fluke.

Meanwhile, you might find me at the beach, along with the other empty-nesters.

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