The costs of living a lie
Drug and alcohol abuse rates are higher in the District than anywhere else in the country, and experts say the wide availability of drugs, high stress levels and difficulties getting abusers into treatment fuel the city's persistently stratospheric rates.
The political elite/lobbyist/celebrity press corps axis of hubris know that they are living a lie. They know they are perpetuating a terrible hoax on the country. And they know, at some level, that their lives are a vicious lie. This takes a toll.