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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  1. 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.

  2. 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?

  3. [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?

  4. 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!

  5. 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…

  6. [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…

  7. [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!

  8. [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!

  9. [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!

  10. [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.

  11. 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.

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