Washington (CNN)It was a scene I have watched play out umpteen times over the years – senators milling about as they gather to cast a vote on the Senate floor.Being the political geek that I am, I usually love those moments. Who is talking to whom? What are they saying to one another? Why are they laughing?But observing that ritual late Wednesday night — while watching it on C-SPAN, obediently social distancing on my couch — sent shudders down my spine. These senators were there to vote on an unprecedented $2 trillion relief package because the coronavirus has crippled the economy by forcing people to stay away from one another.You wouldn’t know it by watching them.Alarmed, I texted a senator asking what they were thinking. Why were they so close to one another? The senator, trying to keep it light, responded, “Yes, we are an oddly tribal, herding bunch. Even now.”It was a flash of Washington normalcy, and it was jarring.Like so many of us, the first and only time I felt a disturbance in the force here in Washington that came close to this was on September 11, 2001. I was a CNN producer covering Congress back then, and

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