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Just about every political reporter in the country is in New Hampshire today, as the “First in the Nation” Republican presidential primary votes are cast. (First except for that caucus in Iowa last week, of course.) Mitt Romney is expected to win by a large margin, which means there are a lot of writers and TV crews wandering around the Granite State looking for something interesting to cover before the polls close tonight.
Fortunately for the cause of D.C. statehood, a delegation from the District is heading to New Hampshire to promote awareness of our lack of representation!
Unfortunately for the cause of D.C. statehood, the delegation won’t be there until Thursday. By which point the political circus will have moved on to South Carolina.
All is not lost: The statehood delegation, led by Mayor Vince Gray, D.C. Council Chairman Kwame “Fully Loaded” Brown, and Councilmembers David Catania, Michael Brown, Mary Cheh, Yvette Alexander, Vincent Orange, and Marion Barry, as well as some citizens and activists, will be meeting with New Hampshire legislators and asking them to support a resolution calling for full representation for the District. Which, according to Kwame Brown aide Karen Sibert, was the point of the trip, primary notwithstanding. (As the announcement of the trip put it: “The state is a logical starting point considering its motto (‘Live Free or Die’) and the parallels to the District’s ‘Taxation Without Representation’ protest theme.”) The committee considering that resolution will meet Thursday, not today. (Other bills on that committee’s docket would keep New Hampshire National Guard soldiers from serving in wars, abolish the Electoral College, privatize Social Security, and withdraw the U.S. from the United Nations.)
But still, this would seem to be one for the annals of missed opportunities. Why stop by New Hampshire two days after the primary? After all, if a guy calling himself Vermin Supreme can still get press eight years after he debuted his schtick for visiting reporters, you’d think some cable news bookers would be willing to put Barry on TV today. Remember, tacticians of D.C. democracy: We may not have full constitutional rights, but Washingtonians do have the right to look at a calendar.