Thursday, February 19, 2004

One of the great things about living in DC has to be things like this.

After putting in a lot of work to prepare for the November elections in Georgia, and then watching in dismay as they crumble into a mockery of democratic processes, and then following with delight the demonstrations that peacefully ousted the old regime, and then quickly preparing for the January elections that elected democratic reformer Mikhail Saakashvili to the presidency, you think that things are pretty cool.

Then you learn that President Saakashvili, (messiah, demagogue?) will be coming to DC on Tuesday and speaking about his vision for Georgia in a relatively intimate setting. Intimate, probably, because there are about 12 of us who are really excited about this.

While there's a lot of things about this town that drive me batty, the advantage of being in the epicenter of world events and a destination for international newsmakers and statesmen is not one of them. The margarita crisis, however, is.


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