Friday, Feb. 6, 2009 | 2 a.m.
You cannot get away from it. I was watching the lengthy debate Thursday in the U.S. Senate on the stimulus bill, and there was Oklahoma Republican Tom Coburn railing about wasteful spending. How could the Senate, he inevitably asked, even consider spending $50 million on a mob museum? “That’s really a priority right now for our citizens,” Coburn sneered, “especially their grandchildren still in the womb.” That hyperbole may have been silly. But was it any sillier than the father of the mob museum, Mayor Oscar Goodman, saying this to the Agence France-Presse: “This is $1 million dollars worth of publicity for us. I love it. Just spell my name right.” Yes, we are being laughed at. But Goodman is getting worldwide publicity. Seems like a fair trade-off.