Friday, July 06, 2007

 

More Proof DC is a Big-Time CIty

Hmm, now I have a dilemma: Al Gore or Tiger Woods?

As most around DC are aware, the PGA is at Congressional Country Club for an impressive golf tournament and I had planned to be there for the entire weekend…but now this pops up:

Live Earth Concert to Be Held in Washington on Saturday

Now you may not be aware of it but Mr. Gore originally wanted very much to have his show featured in Washington. But, like everything else in life in America, the Republicans got in the way. Here’s Post writer J. Freedom du Lac’s (whose usual beat is pop music) description today of what went wrong with the original schedule:

“Gore had originally hoped to stage the primary U.S. show in Washington, but finding a suitable venue proved difficult. The Mall was booked for the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, as well as a Christian festival called Together One Unity. A bipartisan effort to bring the concert to the grounds of the U.S. Capitol ran into Republican roadblocks.”

Here’s the same J. Freedom du Lac reporting this past April when the whole thing went down:

“Gore and the Live Earth producers had hoped to bring the North American Live Earth show to Washington, but finding a suitable venue here proved difficult. The obvious choice -- the Mall -- was booked for the Smithsonian Folklife Festival as well as a Christian festival called Together One Unity, and a bipartisan resolution to bring the concert to the Capitol grounds ran into Republican roadblocks.” Washington Was Too Hot, Politically, For Al Gore's Live Earth Concert

Bet he’s glad he put that on a Shortcut-Key.

To complete the record, that bi-partisan resolution was simply Senators Harry Reid and Olympia Snowe trying to get an OK for the concert to be performed on the west side of the Capitol. And the Republican roadblocks consisted of Senator McConnell objecting to a unanimous consent to that resolution and Sen. Inhofe portraying the event for what it is:

"there has never been a partisan political event at the Capitol, and this is a partisan political event."

God bless Senator Inhofe. See you at Congressional.

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