Ronald Reagan National Airport
Byline: THE WASHINGTON TIMES
After seemingly endless delay, Metro has finally relented and unveiled the "Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport" signs it should have put up more than a year ago.
Congress officially honored the former president back in 1998 by renaming Washington National Reagan National, but Metro and local politicians, most of them Democrats, did all in their power to prevent Metro from changing its signs and maps. Metro, for its part, ginned up the bureaucratic excuse that local officials had to formally request the name change before it could be implemented - and since the Democrats in charge in Arlington had not requested the name change, they could not lawfully proceed. Metro officials knew, of course, that Arlington Democrats would never request the name change. Congress finally had to intervene and in December ordered the name change.
The efforts to honor Mr. Reagan have caused some of these Democrats - especially the ever-pugilistic Rep. Jim Moran - to come nearly unhinged. "These guys, in this perverted attempt to give [Mr. Reagan] credit, are undermining what he stood for," the partisan Democrat fulminated Sunday. He then denounced the name change as "in-your-face, smash-mouth politics" and "lousy. …