It’s cherry blossom season in DC.

I walked down to the tidal basin this weekend to see them. It really is wonderful—white petals flying everywhere, and when the wind blows just so, the little flowers make a lovely rustling sound.

It’s almost enough to make you forget the garbage that politicians go through to seize an office here.

I made the mistake of looking at the internet early Sunday morning and discovered that everyone was already talking about Hillary’s Big Announcement©. Fortunately for conservative bloggers everywhere, Hillary’s Big Announcement© quickly turned into Hillary’s Big Disaster©. Even before the news dribbled out from her camp, Hillary’s surrogates went on the attack against her critics—and made a few not-too-thinly veiled threats in the process.

Don’t be fooled, though. Her camp may look like a mess now, but given enough time and enough media spotlight, they’ll be right back to where Hillary’s supporters hoped she would be two cycles ago. Someone like Hillary Clinton doesn’t go from shamed wife to presidential hopeful without having a trick or two up her sleeve.

A new season of “Game of Thrones” premiered last night, and with it came a flood of politically-themed GoT memes and videos. WaPo’s mock-up of a Washington-themed “game of thrones” was probably the best. Check it out:

Today’s political scene feels like Beltway fan fiction: melodramatic, ugly, and always bordering on the verge of a complete meltdown.

Elections are coming, and with them will come a whole new level of melodramatic, ugly meltdowns brought to us directly by the very people who promise to protect the country from the same.

Brace yourselves!

For reference, here’s the original—and awesome—GoT opening sequence: