Republicans Flee DC Ahead of Inauguration

Depressed and out of a job, it's time to go to Switzerland
By Gabriel Winant,  Newser User
Posted Jan 2, 2009 12:25 PM CST
President George W. Bush, right, carries his dog Barney as he arrives for his vacation with first lady Laura Bush, left, on Friday, Dec. 26, 2008 in Waco, Texas.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
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(Newser) – The Obama inauguration is looking like a good time for Republicans to abandon DC, reports Politico. Depressed by the reminder of their defeat, and often newly unemployed, they're renting their houses to visiting Democrats and heading to Vegas or Europe. Says a former John McCain flack, “I will also be witnessing an historic ceremony—it’ll just have beach weather, cocktails, and no gift ban.”

After Bill Clinton’s 1992 and 1996 victories, GOP feel-bad fests sprung up (“Mourning in America: A Thousand Pints of Lite”). Though no repeats are scheduled this year, some consider sticking around just good business. “I’ll be in town, going to events, taking care of clients,” says one Republican lobbyist. Says another, who's going skiing: "As a lobbyist, I thought a neutral country like Switzerland would be appropriate."