December 21, 2005

Baseball Set Me Up

According to the story in the Washington Post this morning, former Mayor and noted Crackhead Marion Barry has been trying to put together his own plan for getting the stadium deal done. Apparently Barry was working with Jonathan Ledecky. Barry would strong arm MLB into choosing Ledecky, and in turn Ledecky would promise to pay for any cost overruns on the stadium.

First off, why in the world would Ledecky partner with Marion Barry? The man is a national joke and a disgrace to Washington D.C. He's the embodiment of everything that is wrong with DC politics. It can't look good to MLB when one of the prospective owners is hanging with a crackhead.

Second, this does a good job of illustrating how tenous this situation is. You've got politicians trying to implement their own agenda as opposed to trying to do what's best for the city. Does DC need baseball? Yes. Is it a good idea to have the ballpark in SE? Yes. What's not to understand? If this deal falls apart, and it sure looks like it's going to, the city council should be thrown off of Key Bridge.

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