One would have hoped for more and better from John McCain, but he has recently joined with Coburn in attacking – are you ready for this? – the Napa Valley Wine Train. Coburn and McCain are claiming that some $54 million in stimulus money is being spent on the train -- for the benefit of rich tourists -- and they have oh-so-cleverly renamed it the Stimulus Waste Express.
One small problem: They … are … wrong!
The money, you see, is for a badly needed and long-overdue flood control project which will require a section of track used by the Wine Train to be moved and elevated. It’s either that or put the Wine Train out of business. (Can you imagine the anti-government howls that would have provoked!)
The error was pointed out to Coburn’s staff, but his office refuses to admit they screwed-up. So far, no comment from McCain despite a thoughtful, respectful appeal from officials of the Wine Train.
And that’s too bad, because the flap generated some negative publicity which apparently caused a drop in business for the Wine Train, and a formal acknowledgement of the mistake could help to turn that around. Clearly, an apology would be asking too much.
I know these guys are heavy into self-promotion, but I thought they were pro-business, too! Apparently not when they have to choose between the two.