MEH  5:41 pm February 26, 2009

by Jim Newell

OMG IT’S FOR REAL THIS TIME? Congratulations, Washington D.C., it looks like you’re finally going to get a full vote in Congress! But is it really worth having to make a trip to the DMV to get non-clownish license plates? [NYT]

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Texan Bulldoggette February 26, 2009 at 5:43 pm

Will Marion Berry be recovered in time to take his rightful place within this august body? (Because who else in DC has done more to put DC on the map & is, therefore, worthy of this seat?)

qwerty42 February 26, 2009 at 5:43 pm

so will the Nationals be renamed the Senators?

BeatrixSlaughter February 26, 2009 at 5:49 pm

But, but, but…the CONSTITUTION! Will nobody think of the founding fathers?

OzoneTom February 26, 2009 at 5:49 pm

Marion Barry for DC Representative!

OzoneTom February 26, 2009 at 5:50 pm

[re=254095]Texan Bulldoggette[/re]: Ha! You beat me!

qwerty42 February 26, 2009 at 5:53 pm

[re=254095]Texan Bulldoggette[/re]: how about governor-general?

AngryBlakGuy February 26, 2009 at 5:56 pm

…at this very moment, Norm Coleman is changing his state of residence!

Kenneth the NBC Governor February 26, 2009 at 5:56 pm

Shouldn’t Nate Silver have predicted this and called his little election website

WadISay February 26, 2009 at 5:56 pm

A little White-Out over the “out” should fix that license plate right up.

AngryBlakGuy February 26, 2009 at 5:57 pm

[re=254095]Texan Bulldoggette[/re]: …Gilbert Arenas? Its not like he is doing anything this season.

Neon Trotsky February 26, 2009 at 6:06 pm


Bruno February 26, 2009 at 6:08 pm

Calling young unemployed Bush appointees: now is your chance to be a real politician. I’m sure you’ll appeal to the urban/suburban hip-hop GOP generation on the streets in DC.

Hedley Lamar February 26, 2009 at 6:09 pm

Don’t worry, they’ll lose the right to vote as soon as the
pendulum swings repug again.

Dave J. February 26, 2009 at 6:59 pm

Once DC gets a seat in the House, won’t they be able to argue on constitutional grounds that they are being deprived of their full rights by not having seats in the Senate?

droopydog February 26, 2009 at 7:06 pm

It violates the constitution, but who cares? The libs ripped it up 80 years ago.

Dave J. February 26, 2009 at 7:18 pm

[re=254196]droopydog[/re]: Ok, I’ll bite. Quick, in 100 words or less, justify how you can ask all the residents of a major American city to pay federal taxes, be subject to Selective Service and every other federal law on the books, yet not have representation in the legislative branch?

irativ February 26, 2009 at 7:18 pm

Still no vote in the Senate, though, so the license plates can stay, yay!

Mara47 February 26, 2009 at 7:23 pm

So Stephen Colbert gets a key to the city from Eleanor Holmes Norton, and Utah gets a new Republican Member of Congress to cancel out her new vote, because well, you know, liberal, black, blah blah blah. Can’t have *that.* Next stop: STATEHOOD!

masterdebater February 26, 2009 at 7:37 pm

Sure they want the vote NOW, but what will it be down the line? I think it’s a slippery slope.

President Beeblebrox February 26, 2009 at 7:55 pm

[re=254196]droopydog[/re]: Piyush, go fetch me some scones, there’s a good lad.

Unindicted Co-Conspirator February 26, 2009 at 8:01 pm

[re=254206]Dave J.[/re]:
The Ghost of Theodore Bilbo says: “Because they’re black!”
Not that I agree with that!

recharged95 February 26, 2009 at 8:29 pm

Wow, with all the rich politicans, CEOs, and lawyers, DC can now secede from the Union, make the USA pay infrastructure and import taxes (since all those control centers are connected in the district), and keep all those treasures at the Smithsonian.

See ya later suckas…

Neon Trotsky February 26, 2009 at 8:53 pm

[re=254206]Dave J.[/re]: Strictly speaking, giving D.C. a voting member of the House of Representatives is not Constitutional. Article I, Section 2 states, “The House of Representatives shall be composed of Members chosen every second Year by the People of the several States.” This probably should be done in the form of an Amendment to the Constitution, though I support the general idea.

That said, nobody in power has been a strict constitutionalist since the 18th century, well before “The libs” existed in any modern sense of the term…

Neon Trotsky February 26, 2009 at 8:56 pm

[re=254196]droopydog[/re]: Yeah! Damn libs, destroying our Constitution in 1929, when there was a Republican president in office and a large Republican majority in both Houses of Congress!

MGBYG February 26, 2009 at 11:15 pm

[re=254264]Neon Trotsky[/re]:

Virginia and Massachusetts are Commonwealths and not technically States, like The State of Michigan for instance.

But the cool thing is they could very well become The State of Columbia, and cocaine will flow from both taps.

Our capital will be Washington, Columbia. With a Hussein in the White House, too! Love it!

DangerousLiberal February 27, 2009 at 7:57 am

[re=254196]droopydog[/re]: Well, it was 8 years ago, and it was conservatives, and they ripped it up for use as toilet paper. But you got some of the facts right: the first letter of the sentence was capitalized, and it ended with a period. Bonus!

DangerousLiberal February 27, 2009 at 8:03 am

[re=254264]Neon Trotsky[/re]:

Art I sec 5: “Section 5. Each House shall be the judge of the elections, returns and qualifications of its own members.” (OK, that was really weak. Let’s just amend the Constitution.)

“Four of the constituent states of the United States officially designate themselves Commonwealths: Kentucky,Massachusetts,Pennsylvania,and Virginia.This designation, which has no constitutional impact, emphasizes that they have a ‘government based on the common consent of the people’” That’s OK–I was stoned half way through my HS civics class too.

If it’s good enough for Wikipedia, it’s good enough for me.

Clamps February 27, 2009 at 9:02 am

Ottawa Centre, the riding that takes in the Parliament Buildings, Supreme Court, &c, is represented in the House of Commons by a socialist from the NDP. So there.

TGY February 27, 2009 at 10:09 am

[re=254120]WadISay[/re]: Hm, no, you could just white-out ‘with representation’ entirely and you’d pretty much hit it right.

Wolfard February 27, 2009 at 3:27 pm

I just read about that here…

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