Hooray to state Sen. Nathan Schlicher and wife Jessica for the May 31 birth of a healthy son, Henry James. The stork made an extra-special delivery to the Gig Harbor family in the middle of the not-so-special legislative session.
We can’t imagine how the good father/senator/doctor/lawyer/lion tamer/boy wonder finds time to squeeze it all in.
But we think maybe the sleep deprivation of being a new papa and a rookie lawmaker working overtime impaired Doogie Howser’s judgment last Saturday. How else to explain why he would bring his 8-day-old bundle of joy to the Senate and use him as a prop during a floor speech?
While babies have weak immune systems, there’s no clear consensus among pediatricians about when it’s OK to start taking them out in public.
But, good heavens, man – this is the Legislature! Why would you want to expose your child to that?
Judging by the symptoms the pols are showing in their sixth straight month at the Capitol (lethargy, inertia, irritability, etc.), they must be passing around an unusually nasty virus.
Baby, what a speech: With his swaddled son in the crook of his arm, Schlicher softened up his audience.
“I’m blessed to have colleagues here who are generous enough to allow me to bring my newborn to work with me on the weekend,” he said, as if he were a working-class parent with no other options.
He’s too young to remember the dark ages 20 years ago when Rep. Lisa Brown was booted off the House floor during a late-night session for feeding a bottle to her year-old son.
But wunderkind Schlicher wasn’t here to play patty cake; he was here to spout wisdom about developing “the whole child.” (Not the half child. That was the unique wisdom of King Solomon from biblical times.)
Schlicher, a Democrat, rattled on about the cruel irony of the Republican budget. He said it would spare education but harm families who can’t feed their kids or afford child care.
“We need to do better and we need to take care of the whole child, the whole government, the whole person, the whole constituent,” he declared.
It was wholly moving until Sen. Jim Hargrove stood up and gave the most wholly honest statement of all – and showed why this is no place for wee ones.
“No, I don’t want to hold the baby,” the gruff but lovable Hargrove mumbled. “I might break it.”
Aye, he’s a family-values champion, alright: Unlike that other Sen. Nathan Schlicher … the sly one who nearly pushed through his first bill this year by exploiting the absence of a Republican colleague who left the chamber to breast feed her baby.
Adam Smith is truly dead to us now: It was insult enough when the longtime Tacoma congressman quietly moved his family to Bellevue before the election last year to represent his rejiggered district.
Now he’s really shaken the dust of this minor-league town from his cleats.
“Adam Bomb,” the nickname given Smith the ballplayer, used to wear a Tacoma Rainiers uniform for the annual congressional baseball game. This week, he suited up in his alma mater U-Dub jersey.
A-Bomb should take a cue from Dustin Ackley. You might think you’ve made the show, but you can always be sent back down to the farm.
Spud justice: The world is spinning so fast these days, isn’t it nice to know you can still rise up and make a successful stand against reckless change?
Case in point: the simple baked potato.
When Harbor Lights remodeled recently, it left some old-timers in a foul temper — and no number of the Ruston Way restaurant’s famously stiff drinks could snuff it. For one thing, the menu no longer offered a baked spud. Instead, you could order a potato pancake.
Customers complained and complained some more — and hounded management into bringing back the starch bomb with sour cream.
Now if they’d only move the condiment/salad area sticking out through the walkway.Got news for The Nose? Write to TheNose@thenewstribune.com. Twitter: @thenosetribune