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I'm snow over this

All right, commenters. Get ready to clickety-clack a conniption. This "idiot" "arrogant New Yorker" who should "go back to NYC" is high-fiving Chris Matthews for his haranguing of Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's response to the double whammy of snow storms to hit the District. Okay, he went over-the-top by invoking Hurricane Katrina. But Matthews had me saying, "amen," when he asked aloud, "Why can't a government town do a government job?" It's not like it never snows here. And he was dead-on when he said, "We had the weather of Buffalo and the snowplowing capability of Miami." That should send Jo-Ann Armao through the roof. But even The Post's Robert McCartney shares Matthews's assessment. "Our political leaders like to boast that we're a 'world-class' metropolitan area," he writes today. "When it comes to snow, we don't perform like one."

Some will discount Matthews's rant because he doesn't live in the District. But he works in the District, and his critique is as valid as anyone's, including mine. Fenty shows signs of learning from this winter wallop. Snow removal -- or the lack of it -- has been the undoing of many a big city mayor. He told MSNBC today that he got a commitment from the department of homeland security to reimburse snow plowing costs. In addition, according to The Hill, Fenty said "that in the future, the city would seek to expand agreements with private contractors and keep snow removal equipment better maintained." Finally, some world-class thinking -- and planning.

By Jonathan Capehart  | February 11, 2010; 12:13 PM ET
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It like everything in dealing with the DC city government, they were waiting for the federal government to pay for it.

Apparently thats what happened, so it was smartly played by Fenty.

Posted by: DCDave11 | February 11, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

You and Mathews represent the typical whining left who live in a fantasy land demanding that they be catered to regardless of the cost. The town got hit with three feet of snow in an area that most times gets nothing. Yet you expect the streets to be plowed immediately for your convienance.

Posted by: Pilot1 | February 11, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Yea- You and Mathews complain about the services on a once a century storm, expect the elected officials to make every day like a sunny Sunday, and you think your justified with your arrogant babbling. Think again. Mathews is so far from reality he is the WORST example you could possibly quote. You've never managed anything in your life much less the transportation needs of 20 million people. Go ahead complain so they budget for services for once in a century event- see how far that goes.
I stick by my original interpretation- go back to new york- and god bless you if you can take Mathews with you.

Posted by: dcperspective | February 11, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

I don't personally care for Chris Matthews or most of his commentary, but he is spot on in this instance. Our neighborhood has not seen a plow since the onslaught began, a week ago tomorrow. Our property taxes increase in lockstep every year, but the quality of services, such as snow removal, remains as poor as it has always been.

Posted by: tagtron | February 11, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: classicskins | February 11, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Cities which get large amounts of snow every year spend the money to keep snowplows and other snow-clearing equipment ready and available (from October through May) in sufficient numbers to get the job done. Would you want to pay fora all that equipment to be idle most of the year? I wouldn't. Also, the citizens of Buffalo and other such cities know what to do about snow, how to drive in it, and keep themselves ready. People around here do not know about living with snow and so they expect it all to be gone the next day at no cost to them.

Posted by: Ex-Fed | February 11, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Every hundred years or so there is enough snow that if you hurry you can shovel it before it melts . Lets spend millions so Capehart and Matthews can add what to the national product ? The nation is richer everyday DC is shut down .

Posted by: borntoraisehogs | February 11, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

I'm personally SNOW over all of the complaining about plowing, etc. -- get over it! I too have lived in many snow-heavy climes, but you have to deal with the situation at hand. Although some other cities have better systems and equipment to deal with heavy snowfall, there is also, in such places, a better sense of adapting to the weather, and going with the flow. I think the loud howling by Matthews, Capehart and others reflects some of our collective arrogance and self-importance in this area. For most of us, the world will continue to turn even if we are not in our offices for a day or week. This seems to be an affront to many people's egos. Just relax and enjoy the moment! And use any pent-up frustration to help others - such as the elderly, ill, disabled, and homeless -- for whom the snow has imposed real hardships.

Posted by: tango1 | February 11, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Resources are limited.

So why spend millions on something that would melt and go away in a few days?

But we are so important that we have to rush every minute.

Otherwise we might stop and think.

Posted by: GaryEMasters | February 11, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

I don't know what Matthews is whining about.

Did his town car and driver get slightly inconvenienced on their way to the studio? The horror.

Perhaps he should write about Maryland's (where he lives) inability to deal with three feet of snow.

Posted by: 8-man | February 11, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

We should just dissolve the Federal Government! The best thing that happened this week was that Congress shut down!!

And, nobody noticed the difference!!

Posted by: jjcrocket2 | February 11, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

You get what you vote for...quit complaining...

Posted by: speedo1 | February 11, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

I've been here for 20 years and this is probably the fifth major snow storm (not to mention many more minor ones). So the District government can't handle snow removal. Why is that a surprise? It can't handle the AIDS epidemic or a whole host of other needs. Why is anyone surprised?

Posted by: wjfreeman1 | February 11, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

we know fenty is incompetent. i hope you tell wapo not to endorse him next time around.

Posted by: stellabloom13 | February 11, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Wow, great call, your criticisms are totally appreciated and are not unreasonable in the least!

Seriously, we've all witnessed things that Fenty really effed-up. But your attitude pretty much tells us all that you're 100% certain that you and your buddy Chris "Least-Likable-Person-On-Earth" Matthews would no doubt have known exactly how to clean up the largest amount of snow to get dumped on DC in 90 years without breaking a sweat...

Well, congrats! That's quite an impressive gift you must have. One question - Why didn't you just call over to Mayor Fenty and pass along to him your little nugget of secret enchanted wisdom? After all, a LOT of people worked themselves SORE - and not only those in the immediate DC area, but all across the nothern mountains of Virginia, into Baltimore, and who knows how many other counties in MD - it seems like we all coulda benefited from your brilliant insight because apparently NOBODY ELSE had miracles hidden up their sleeves. I dunno where you'd have stashed all those two-story-tall snow mountains, but I'm sure it must be pretty clever. And super duper special.

Tell you what, since it only seems to snow this bad here only once every 90 years, how's about staying alive that much longer till the next one, no dying even a little bit (maybe you could freeze yourself and hibernate deep inside one of those giant snowmounds, I'm sure they'll last at least that long). After you wake up, just run for Mayor of our fair city. Just do whatever Marion Barry does and you'll win no doubt - winning a DC Mayoral Election is like winning a small softdrink whenever McD's does their Monopoly instant-win game. You can even bring Chris "Never-Shuts-Up" Matthews into your administration (he'll still be around since he's actually a demon with no soul who never goes away or stays quiet) and announce that you've appointed him to be DC's Special Secretary of Plows and Blizzards Management or some crap.

So when four feet of snow buries this place again, you just do whatever it was you didn't do this week and made Fenty look like a drooling retard who can't even tighten his 'outside' helmet or fix simple back-to-back blizzards like any mayor should.

This way, you'll forevermore be fondly remembered and loved as the greatest mayor DC - or any other American city - ever had! Your names will live on in immortality everywhere! Must be awesome for you guys to be super geniuses and totally way more perfect than everyone else, eh? I bet nobody will even care that Chris Matthews is totally plain evil, ugly, loud, annoying and has the worst show in television history!

Posted by: ShakeAppeal | February 13, 2010 8:53 PM | Report abuse

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