D.C. voting: Consensus would help
By Timothy Cooper
One of D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton’s fondest expressions, used repeatedly over the past 20 years as she led the charge for D.C. voting rights, has been “kill ’em with your case.”
Unfortunately for D.C. residents, her July 25 Local Opinions commentary, “D.C. voting rights:
Where we’ve been, where we’re going” posits a new, virtually incoherent strategy for winning D.C. rights that is far more likely to confuse than kill. Her proposal is a smorgasbord of disparate, if not conflicting, strategic choices, each textually and substantively distinct from the other. Such a recipe for moving the city forward is bizarre and all but guaranteed to take us nowhere, because if we haven’t figured out where we’re going, how in heaven’s name are Congress or the American people supposed to follow our lead? With her fresh plan, Norton will succeed only in confounding our clear and compelling case for equal political rights.
Before we slide yet further into strategic disarray, perhaps good-faith efforts should be made to win a citywide strategic consensus on what our goal should be. Only then will it be possible to map a plan to get there.
The writer is executive director of the group Worldrights.
| July 30, 2010; 7:15 PM ET
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