Fenty & The Big Cheese

Tonight’s State of the Union Address is likely going to be a real barn burner.

Okay, you can stop laughing at me now. It’s going to be, like every other major political speech, filled with promises that won’t be kept, and outright lies on behalf of the politicians involved. What’s interesting about all of this, okay, not really interesting, but perhaps maybe intriguing, is what Mayor Fenty is up to.

He said as part of his campaign that he wouldn’t accept an invite from the President to view the State of the Union as a personal guest, part of his promise to fight for the rights of the District in Congress. Of course, not wanting to be snubbed, the President didn’t bother to invite Mayor Fenty to the address at all.

But he’s still going, as guest of new Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Interesting. I’m not sure what exactly this whole dance has accomplished, aside from “sending a message” to the President. What exactly is that message? “I want to hear what you have to say, but I won’t let you invite me yourself?”

I’m confused. I do support the Davis Bill to get DC a vote in the House of Representatives, and I furthermore support Steny Hoyer’s pledge to get the President to answer him one way or the other at the Democrat’s summit this weekend, but I’m not sure what this bullshit posturing has done, other than confuse the fuck out of me.

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