Defending Fenty on snow plowing
Perhaps the best thing to happen to D.C.’s increasingly beleaguered mayor, Adrian M. Fenty, is that he got picked on by MSNBC host Chris Matthews. Matthews’s broadside about Fenty’s response to this week’s record snowstorms was so ridiculous it actually had the effect of minimizing the impression of the District’s failings in dealing with this week’s record snowstorms. Indeed, even some of the mayor’s harshest critics ended up coming to his defense, although that might also be because Matthews is even more unlikable than the mayor.
Matthews Wednesday night took after Fenty in a temper tantrum about “a city that can’t plow its streets.” While I can empathize with my colleague Jonathan Capehart as he becomes accustomed to a standard of snow removal that is not the norm for the north, I couldn’t help but shake my head at the harangue on "Hardball." It’s one thing for the show to have as a supposedly knowledgeable commentator someone who wasn’t even here for much of the storm -- council member Harry Thomas Jr., who was in Miami for last week’s Super Bowl. But it’s another thing for Matthews to invoke Katrina.
Mike DeBonis, who as the Washington CityPaper’s Loose Lips columnist is a frequent critic of Fenty, labeled as ridiculous the expectations “to clear the streets from the biggest snowstorm in 88 years within 48 hours.” Likewise, other D.C. residents took to the blogs to defend the mayor and their city against the criticism, to use DeBonis’s description, of “a non-commuter–tax-paying Moco resident".
At this point, it's still debatable what grade Fenty will get for his snow response, but he can thank Matthews for helping to show just how hard the task he faces is.
| February 11, 2010; 3:06 PM ET
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