Wandering Eye: O'Malley's entitlement, Clinton's emails are 'Veep' IRL, and more

Vox's Matthew Yglesias published this witty take on the Clinton emails yesterday, pointing out that, with talk of "gefilte fish" and mis-spelling "Kiev," the email cache shows "that Washington is more like Veep than House of Cards." It's a funny way to explain the complex subject (and complex it is; the FBI is reportedly investigating whether the former Secretary of State violated the laws governing the handling of classified information). It's also pretty much exactly the story David Corn, the Washington editor of Mother Jones, wrote two months ago, on July 2. That one was headlined "Hillary Clinton's Emails Show She's Basically Julia Louis-Dreyfus in 'Veep.'" We could say it's like something out of "The Front Page," but someone probably already did. (Edward Ericson Jr.)

 

There have been plenty of stories about the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, but this one in The Washington Post takes place far from New Orleans. It follows the Williams family, who came to rural Nebraska with their five children after the storm took everything and a church offered to sponsor a family. "The town of Auburn, population 3,200, had provided them with a car, a four-bedroom house, job leads and free medical checkups. The Ladies Club stopped by with homemade casseroles. Goodwill delivered jeans and pearl-snap shirts," writes Eli Saslow. But the generosity of the town of Auburn quickly began to run out: "During their third week in Auburn, the dealership had replaced their new Expedition with a used minivan, explaining that the Expedition had been a short-term loan. During the fifth week, their oldest son had been sent home from school for wearing a Bob Marley T-shirt. 'A drug culture we don't embrace here,' the administrator's note had read. During the seventh week, the city had asked them to start paying rent on the four-bedroom house, $520 a month, which they couldn't afford on Troy's salary as a machine operator. During their eighth week, vandals had carved 'Niggers' into the Halloween pumpkins on their front porch, and they had gone for the first time to see the police." Now, 10 years later, the family is still struggling to make ends meet. (Anna Walsh)

 

Dan Roricks has a theory on why former Gov. Martin O'Malley thought he could make off with all that fancy furniture: a sense of entitlement. And there's plenty to back that up, as evidenced by this email from O'Malley to a developer that The Sun obtained: "What about the fact that not one of the 700,000 people to whom we have extended healthcare coverage in Maryland . . . has ever thanked me? This was a rhetorical and metaphysical question to which I am not expecting an answer or reply in this life." I mean, wow. That's the kind of mindset that makes you think you can pay $9,638 for furniture that cost the state $62,000. And as Rodricks points out, it's not as if the O'Malleys are exactly broke. Guessing how this will play out, Rodricks looks back to the recently deceased Marvin Mandel: "In the early 1980s, after former Gov. Marvin Mandel and his wife, Jeanne Dorsey Mandel, left the governor's mansion, the state sued them, accusing the couple of taking furnishings that didn't belong to them, along with $3,000 worth of booze and other items, including dog food. The Mandels, in a countersuit, claimed it was all a lie. But they ended up settling and paying the state $10,000." (Brandon Weigel)

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