Friday, November 19, 2021

BBB Mascot an Early Indication of Something

Representative Pramila Jayapal of Washington poses next to the Build Back Better Bill mascot on Capitol Hill.

I’ve never wanted to be a sports mascot. But seeing the mascot for the pending Build Back Better legislation made me envy the human encased in the costume. The person gets to dance around, be a photo prop, hug kids, shake hands, promote good things, and have their identity concealed – this is as close to a modern-day costumed superhero as it gets.

Oh yes, and hopefully not solve problems with violence.

I’d like to know which human got to wear the costume. I suspect this task was given to the most junior member of some congressional staff, or even an intern. If I was managing this, I would have hired a professional mascot actor to elevate the moment even further.

I’m hoping this bill gets through the Senate, chalking up a win for public policy and democracy.

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