It’s people like Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. Without him, we’d be Baltimore or Philly—-just any other big city that’s not New York or Los Angeles. But we have Mitch. With folks like the Republican from Kentucky, we get to do all sorts of things like create nifty license plates, and do fun stuff like rally in front of the Dirksen Senate Office Building to be allowed to have a real vote on farm bills, transportation infrastructure, and spy programs.

The D.C. Voting Rights Bill faces a critical Senate vote today. This morning, the Washington Post wrote a piece on Fenty‘s last-minute efforts, which included a rally at the Capitol. In the story, McConnell was quoted saying something only a long-time politician could get away with:

“The right to vote is fundamental, and I will fight any attempt to dilute or impede that right,” McConnell said on the Senate floor, in a speech distributed by his press office. “My opposition to this bill rests instead on a single all-important fact: It is clearly and unambiguously unconstitutional.”

To read the good Senator’s full remarks go here.

Again, this is what makes D.C. special. Be proud, District residents. Without McConnell, where would we be? What would we be?

I think McConnell’s office needs some angry phone calls (202-224-2541). Or at least a little Borf.