Last week, Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry called Washington “seedy” in a radio interview. In context, it’s clear he was referring to the political machinations of Capitol Hill, but that didn’t stop the National Journal from getting local politicians all riled up over Perry’s remark. (“A Texas governor would know what ‘seedy’ is all about,” said Councilman Jim Graham.) Of course, this isn’t the first time a politician has used our town’s name to heap scorn on a select few of us. Here are several memorable examples.
• Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), another presidential candidate, said that Hurricane Irene and Tuesday’s earthquake was some sort of message. “Washington, D.C., you’d think by now they’d get the message. An earthquake, a hurricane, are you listening? The American people have done everything they possibly can, now it’s time for an act of God and we’re getting it,” she said (as a joke?) Saturday at a town hall in Florida.
• Former Alaska Governor and VP candidate Sarah Palin spoke about “real America” so much, it became an unofficial trademark. Needless to say, Washington was not part of real America. And yes, that left Palin open for quite a bit of mocking.