November 14, 2006

What The...?

Saw this on Yahoo:

The Capitol police weren't quite ready for [Sen.-elect Jon] Tester, a farmer with a throwback flat top haircut and fingers missing on his left hand from an old accident with a meat grinder. They asked him to empty his pockets for inspection.

"Just like at the airport, you put it all through?" Tester asked.

The officer nodded, then recognized the newcomer and waved him through.

Okay, so Tester's new, he hasn't even started yet, and the Capitol Police haven't met him before. But, seriously, look at the picture of Tester in the post below this one.

I assume that the Capitol Police are shown pictures of the incoming legislators. And Tester has got to be the only man within a 200-mile radius of Washington with a flat-top like that. Ray Charles could pick Tester out of a lineup, and he's dead. (This isn't Cynthia McKinney, either; I imagine Tester has had that haircut for about as long as he's had hair.) How is it possible for the Capitol Police not to recognize him? "Oh, wait, you're that guy with the flat-top haircut and missing three fingers on your hand! My bad."

I'm sure Congress feels safer tonight.

Posted by Mediocre Fred at November 14, 2006 02:24 PM | TrackBack

Was the Capitol Police's justification for not recognizing McKinney after her many years on the Hill that she frequently changed her hairstyle?

Posted by: PG at November 15, 2006 12:59 AM

Their stated justification was that McKinney had recently changed her hairstyle to something very different than it had been, so they didn't know it was her.

Posted by: Mediocre Fred at November 15, 2006 06:02 AM
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