Trump-Bowser al­liance seems rather un­likely

The Washington Times Daily - - METRO - DEB­O­RAH SIM­MONS ● Deb­o­rah Sim­mons can be con­tacted at dsim­mons@wash­ing­ton­

Does Muriel Bowser ap­pre­ci­ate the fact that she is not the mayor of Po­dunk, USA? The Demo­cratic Party had barely cleaned up the spilled milk of its sober­ing elec­tion when the mayor of the na­tion’s cap­i­tal threw down the gaunt­let and prac­ti­cally vowed to go toe-to-toe with Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump over af­fairs she mis­tak­enly sees as her sole prerogative.

Whether the Repub­li­can pres­i­dent-elect laughed out loud at her pro­nounce­ments or brushed them off as those of a typ­i­cal lib­eral politi­cian doesn’t mat­ter.

What mat­ters is that while D.C. lives mat­ter, Mr. Trump’s elec­toral vic­tory, tran­si­tion to the pres­i­dency and res­i­dency in the White House mat­ter too. He will be­come the pres­i­dent of all Amer­i­cans — whether they voted for him or not.

We learned shortly be­fore the clock struck noon East­ern time Mon­day that Miss Bowser and Mr. Trump are sched­uled to meet at Trump Tower about 11 a.m. Tues­day.

There are cer­tainly go­ing to be some pleas­antries dur­ing the closed-door meet­ing, per­haps a stiff-backed seat and bot­tled wa­ter of­fer­ings. Prop­erly raised ladies of South­ern stock sim­ply do not be­have Scar­lett O’Hara-like, even in cold­hearted Yan­kee ter­ri­tory.

Oh, wait. It’s too late. Miss Bowser ex­posed her Demo­crat-blue veins last month in a tele­con­fer­ence, stiff­en­ing her spine re­gard­ing the Dis­trict’s don’t ask-don’t tell im­mi­gra­tion sta­tus pol­icy, and promis­ing to main­tain de­pen­dence on fed­eral funds for ev­ery­thing from trans­porta­tion, hous­ing and ed­u­ca­tion to health and wel­fare.

“The in­com­ing pres­i­dent said a lot of things dur­ing his cam­paign that most of us in the Dis­trict can­not and will not ever sup­port,” Miss Bowser said. “We will stand in op­po­si­tion, strong op­po­si­tion, to any poli­cies that threaten our val­ues, while we con­tinue to seek com­mon ground on things that will be help­ful for our city, like get­ting more jobs, more path­ways to the mid­dle class and in­vest­ments in our in­fra­struc­ture to pre­pare us for the growth that con­tin­ues to come our way.”

She also said the Metropoli­tan Po­lice Depart­ment “is not an agent” of the fed­eral gov­ern­ment. Well, tech­ni­cally and legally, it is not — though the Bowser ad­min­is­tra­tion moved in sync with the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion. (And, to be fac­tual, in many in­stances, such as pres­i­den­tial in­au­gu­ra­tions and fed­eral strongholds, fed­eral au­thor­i­ties can put the po­lice depart­ment in a sub­or­di­nate light.)

On don’t ask-don’t tell, Miss Bowser hardly stands alone, of course. San Fran­cisco and New York City are but two other mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties stand­ing on sim­i­lar ground.

Where she strays, how­ever, is on “val­ues.” She never ex­plained what those “val­ues” are, and in­stead re­it­er­ated her usual bag of poli­cies, which in turn mis­di­rected the me­dia and mis­led par­tic­i­pants. State­hood, pub­lic safety and the like are poli­cies, not val­ues.

For ex­am­ple, dur­ing the tele­con­fer­ence, the mayor said, “I have or­dered my team to re­view and ac­cess a broad range of chal­lenges and strate­gies to pro­tect the pro­grams and poli­cies that we all value and to iden­tify con­crete pro­pos­als that we can put be­fore the new pres­i­dent to keep the Dis­trict mov­ing in the right di­rec­tion.”

Well, ex­cuse Miss Bowser for be­ing D.C.pho­bic. Has she for­got­ten that this fed­eral city is the na­tion’s cap­i­tal? Has she for­got­ten that ev­ery red-blooded Amer­i­can sends money to the na­tion’s cap­i­tal? Does she not re­al­ize that MPD, fire­fight­ers and other first re­spon­ders must serve and pro­tect every­one who sets foot in the cap­i­tal, not merely those Democrats who call D.C. home.

To think that Mr. Trump will soon be a “Bowser con­stituent” is al­most laugh­able.

Re­mem­ber, folks, D.C. is a world-class city be­cause of its con­sti­tu­tional stature. Who oc­cu­pies City Hall as mayor has been, as prac­ti­cal mat­ter, in­con­se­quen­tial. And re­mem­ber this as well: No pres­i­dent — let alone an in­com­ing Repub­li­can one like Mr. Trump — has led the charge for D.C. to be­come a full-fledged state.

As for the meet­ing with Mr. Trump, Miss Bowser asked him for face time.

Miss Bowser would do the na­tion’s cap­i­tal proud if she were to be­have her­self — that is to say, think like a plan­ta­tion owner (Scar­lett) and act like a Repub­li­can.

Thing is, Democrats aren’t good at re­form­ing Demo­cratic ways. In many re­spects they are sim­ply po­lit­i­cal memes.

Not very at­trac­tive when you’re get­ting a faceto-face with the man who asked Amer­i­cans to help him “Make Amer­ica Great Again.”

More­over, Miss Bowser spoke too soon about op­pos­ing Trump poli­cies con­sid­er­ing the fact that, although she is mayor, D.C. be­longs to all Amer­i­cans.

Be­sides, she’s isn’t cer­ti­fied to ef­fi­ciently and ef­fec­tively op­er­ate a cherry-picker.

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