Puh-leeze don't gloat over the news that the Redskins football team may be leaving Washington. But one is sorely tempted to kiss the brick archways at Camden Yards after witnessing the dispiriting divisiveness in Greater D.C. over a new home for the burgundy and gold warriors.
In the most stealthy sports heist since Colts owner Bob Irsay loaded up the moving vans in the Baltimore pre-dawn, Redskins owner Jack Kent Cooke and Virginia Gov. L. Douglas Wilder shocked Washington by unveiling plans to build a new home for the National Football League champions outside the nation's capital. At the press conference, adorned with the team's silver Super Bowl trophies, a jubilant Mr. Wilder looked as if he'd swallowed a coat hanger upside down. A handful of Alexandrians less thrilled about a new stadium in their backyard picketed outside the site and several politicians vowed opposition, too. Among them is U.S. Rep. Tom McMillen, who must figure if he has to campaign on the Eastern Shore, he might as well tackle Virginia, too.
District Mayor Sharon Pratt Kelly, meanwhile, maintained that she is determined to keep the team within the city. She blamed Mr. Cooke and the Interior Department for failing to resolve environmental issues that stalled D.C.'s new stadium talks. Wasn't it just months ago that Mrs. Kelly was criticized for getting too chummy with the team owner by accepting Super Bowl tickets?