Maybe Washington has reached rock bottom, Brunotts says.
"Maybe it had to break for it to start fresh, to fix it."
Things get worse before they get better
Back at the Giant supermarket complex, Oberschneider, the psychologist, thinks it will take a while for Ashburn -- and the nation -- to heal.
But sometimes, he says in true form to his profession, things need to get worse before they get better. Like an alcoholic in a terrible car accident. That's how he views the ideological divide.
He says he respects Obama. "He's still my president." And that he, like everyone else in America, needs to be able to believe in him.
"I would love to do a group therapy session with all of them -- the president, Congress," he says.
Then he leans back in his oversized chair, in his darkened office in the middle of Ashburn, Virginia, and says: "I think it would take more than one session."