Sigh. One wonders if there was ever a time in this country when we sent rational people to sit on Capitol Hill:
Ever since the Dulles rail project almost died a bureaucratic death in January, most Northern Virginia lawmakers and business leaders have focused on keeping the project alive and presenting a united front of support for the current plan.
At a July 7 town hall meeting in Tysons Corner, billed as a discussion of the future of rail in Northern Virginia, a congressman from Minnesota was less careful.
“It has become evident that the DOT and the White House are enemies of transit,” said U.S. Rep. James Oberstar (D), chairman of the House Transportation Committee.
In a sweeping speech in which he called Federal Transit Administration and Department of Transportation officials “the KGB” and the Office of Management and Budget “gnomes,” Oberstar outlined his support for rail in general and the Tysons tunnel in particular.