D.C. has earned its right to autonomy


During Saturday’s D.C. voting rights rally at the White House, Garrett Graff, the editor of Washingtonian magazine, blithely tweeted, “Congress might be more willing to give DC more rights if DC elected people who seemed more worthy of power.”

I quickly tweeted back, “That’s ridiculous. How many other states have scandals worse than DC, but still maintain rights denied to DC?” He responded: “Yea, but those states already possess the rights DC wants. We need to be a model of good governance & we certainly aren’t.” I fired back: “So we need to be better than everyone to get the same as everyone? C’mon.”

That was pretty much the end of that, until the City Paper got Graff to expand upon his contention that maybe we’re not worthy of voting rights and self-determination.

[Continue reading Martin Austermuhle’s post at DCist.com.]

Martin Austermuhle blogs at DCist. The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.

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