Posted on | February 18, 2012 | 6 Comments
Charm City (a name bestowed in the 1970s on Baltimore like a Nobel Peace Prize on the current POTUS) has a correspondingly charismatic representative, “Dutch” Ruppersberger. On of the Things You Do as a Representative is be an advocate for your constituents to the cold, faceless government. Constituent has problem; constituent calls Congressman; Congressman gets to play knight in shining armor, fighting the federal hydra. Granted, lopping off a head for the constituent will surely grow a few more, but rejoice in the fact that at least somebody was wrecked a little less.
So it’s a bit odd that Rich Vail has hardly been given the time of day. It may be the case there there is little that can be done to support Vail’s cause. One supports the Constitution with the knowledge that, not infrequently, the little pointy-headed bureaucratic pogues will often cheerfully blame the victim, Vail, for any error, rather than do the right thing. I should say something positive and point out that the pogues who did my de-mobilization work in Norfolk really were quick, efficient, and genuinely concerned that the almighty DD-214 be done correctly.
Can Vail find a better advocate? By the power of a bit of Google, Nancy Jacobs looks to be running to replace Ol’ Dutch. Sometimes it’s easier to fire a bum than rehabilitate him.