Sometimes you may hear of a "beltway mentality."
It refers to the tendency of those of us who live in Washington, DC and work in "politics" to lose perspective on how other Americans see things when it comes to government, politics and Washington.
It's a phrase often overused by politicians trying to paint themselves as outsiders in election years when polls show people prefer "change" to "experience." Those without such mindsets are supposedly much more attuned to what the voters are thinking and desire. Despite the overuse, it's a very real phenomanon.
When I consider what we get wrapped up in and think is the most important thing in the world, I stop and ask whether any of my relatives who live outside the beltway are even aware of it.
Usually the answer is "no." It's not because they're simply not "up" on the news. Usually its because in the grand scheme of real life, much of what happens here isn't nearly as important as we think.