Don't misunderstand me: in no way do I support the NPS in this. But as I pointed out, Herrera would have been much more effective if she had the sense to engage in behind-the-scenes diplomacy instead of more public "Hooray-for-me!" nonsense that will avail absolutely nothing but dashed hopes and expectations by those unfamiliar with the system while show-casing Herrera's incompetence and ineptitude... and, of course, more unfathomable hero-worship from our local waste of wood-pulp who either doesn't know, or doesn't care that Herrera's effort in this is at least as worthless as her effort to impact the CRC, a situation that looks more and more like it's going to be decided in the Republican State Senate of Washington.
The money quotes:
The decision to reopen the site didn't go over well with Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas.
Last week Herrera Beutler introduced a bill to transfer ownership of Pearson Air Museum and the surrounding land from the National Park Service to the city of Vancouver.
The bill, introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives, would transfer seven acres from the Park Service to the city of Vancouver so the museum can reopen under management by the trust.
"Rather than 'go it alone,' the Park Service should be working to bridge its differences with the trust and the city," said Herrera Beutler, R-Camas. "Reopening a shell of a museum doesn't solve the problem of diminished community access at Pearson. It's disappointing that the Park Service seems to place very little value on maintaining a partnership that worked very well for almost two decades."
The bill will be referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources, and if it passes through the committee will go to the house floor.The problem with this is, of course, the time line. Making anything happen, if it were to happen at all, will likely not be as a result of anything Ridgefield Barbie said or achieved.
Herrera, who has accomplished absolutely nothing to relieve us of the burden of the CRC rip off, will be equally helpless in a bill that may be beyond front-burner for her, but which also pales in comparison to the myriad issues confronting us that are genuinely important to the country, on issues from the budget through security.
This is one of those times when it would have been best if she had just kept her pie-hole shut while tr6ying to enlist either Murray's help or even Cantwells to impact this discussion.
She didn't, of course. The most dangerous place in the world is between Herrera, a press-release and a camera.
At some point, I think this situation is likely to be favorably resolved. But I doubt that it will have had anything to do with Jaime or anyone working for her,.