In the quaint Umbrian town of Gubbio they tell a somber story of madness. It is typical of the lore that I've encountered on my many visits to Europe, where every cobblestone is honored in its historical context.
There's a tale about the fountain in Gubbio's Piazza del Bargello that leaves the tourist with a view of the dark side. Some of the townspeople take shuddering delight noting that the fountain has a special effect on anyone who walks around it three times: you go mad.
I have to ask whether John Boehner is one of the fountain's victims as he arrives at the TV cameras each day to foolishly repeat his laps around the fiscal cliff.