Who’s the snow ‘wimp’ now?

The Washington Post Sunday - - LOCAL OPINIONS -

Let’s travel back in time to the good old days of Fe­bru­ary 2010, shall we? It was then that two New York con­gress­men had a grand old time tak­ing pot­shots about Washington’s lack of strength in the face of over­pow­er­ing snow ac­cu­mu­la­tion, which was, to them, an in­di­ca­tion of our over­all suck­i­tude. In case you for­got, here’s what New York Reps. Eliot En­gel and Mike McMahon thought about our re­sponse to snow­fall that ba­si­cally crip­pled the area for a week:

“Wimp is the word, let me tell you,” said Bronx Rep. En­gel.

“In New York, I think I can count on one hand all the times they’ve closed the schools for my kids or even for me and my wife. Yet in D.C., there only has to be a threat of snow and they’re clos­ing the schools for a week,” added En­gel. “In New York, there’s no way that would hap­pen. It’s like night and day.”

“Cer­tainly there’s a dif­fer­ent mind­set where ev­ery threat of snow is the storm of the cen­tury,” said Rep. McMahon (DS­taten Is­land). “[In New York] we plan for it. We bud­get for it. Ev­ery inch of snow costs about a mil­lion dol­lars.”

Yeah! Be­cause there’s no way that New York, the great­est place in the his­tory of the freakin’ world, would ever strug­gle to get out from un­der a mas­sive snow­storm, right?

In light of the bliz­zard that coated most of the North­east — in­clud­ing both En­gel’s and McMahon’s dis­tricts — but nar­rowly missed the District, both En­gel and McMahon have been un­for­tu­nately silent. It’s shock­ing, re­ally — with such a his­tory of tough talk, both rep­re­sen­ta­tives should have booked it up to New York and re­ally whipped Mayor Michael Bloomberg from pil­lar to post for run­ning a city where snow has stranded peo­ple on sub­ways for 32 hours, forced slow plows that can’t han­dle op­er­at­ing in the snow into ac­tion, shut down one of the busiest air­ports in the world, caused the city’s fire depart­ment to buckle un­der a back­log of thou­sands of phone calls and left thou­sands of peo­ple — many of them En­gel’s and McMahon’s con­stituents — stuck in their homes.

Hmm. Trash talk­ing with­out the abil­ity to back it up? Sounds kind of, oh, I don’t know, like the call­ing card of a wimp.

Aaron Mor­ris­sey, DCist.com

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