I'm not exactly sure what's all involved, but I'm sensing a lot of negative spiritual flow this weekend.
The Alito hearings that will start tomorrow have brought a lot of contention to Washington, with the secularists on the left looking at their next-to-last stand of retaining a liberal court. The real last stand would be (if Alito's confirmed) when one of the liberal justices (Stevens and/or Ginsberg) would be replaced, creating a 5-1-3 conservative majority; the court would be 4-1-4 post-Alito. No, not all the folks opposing Alito are with the forces of darkness, but there's a lot of darkness on that side of the aisle.
The bad vibe isn't just on the left. The rhetoric has some less-than-edifying thoughts flowing from the right, as folks more interested in personal economic gain than stemming amorality are returning fire at the usual suspects on the left. Even the theocons (if I'm not mistaken, the latest Justice Sunday went down this evening) can get into a just-win-baby mentality that can be unbecoming and unscriptural. Demonizing the left as retaliation for demonizing Alito isn't helpful in clearing the spiritual air.
Also, Sharon's political death (even if he gets out of the hospital in one piece, it'll take a full miracle to have him healthy enough to stay on as PM) has brought a few of Screwtape's minions out. One seems to have got into Rat Pobertson (as the Capital Steps malaprop guy might call him) thought pattern and caused the punditry to backfill rather than pray for peace of Jerusalem when it desperately needs it. Folks and principalities that would rather see a lot of conflict in the Holy Land want to see things fall apart in Israel and see either a over-hawkish right or an over-dovish left get ahold of things.
I'm not sure that the Kadima folks have things perfectly down, but they seem to be closest-to-correct of the three main camps, and that's bad news for the bad guys.
On top of all that political and geopolitical stuff, our church is striving to spend more time in prayer and listening to God. That's really going to get Ol' Sloughfoot ticked and may be the core of the spiritual heaviness that I'm sensing.