For his new book, Postie Dana Milbank has ventured into the heart of darkness, the jungle of the absurd, the election seasons of our discontent. The journey hasn’t exactly taken him too far, according to Homo Politicus: The Strange and Scary Tribes That Run Our Government, which plays out in what Milbank calls Potomac Land—a well-traversed territory inside I-495. In it, politicians say the darndest things. Fortunately, the “Washington Sketch” columnist provides a translation in the back. For example, when John Kerry says “I actually did vote for the $87 billion before I voted against it,” Milbank lets us know that what Kerry was actually saying was: “I am trying to lose the election.” And then there’s that ol’ punching bag, Alberto Gonzales, who famously says about that whole political firing snafu: “I am responsible,” and then tries to hang on after firing his chief of staff. Hey, Dr. Gandhi, don’t look now, but Milbank may be sniffing your scat next. Milbank discusses and signs copies of his work at 7 p.m. at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. (202) 364-1919.