What Happened in Vegas Won’t Stay There

So it seems the lavish Vegas conference that got the three top officials in the General Services Administration canned this week generated a bit more than bad headlines: a “comic” video of a GSA employee (apparently invited by the conference hosts as part of a competition, no less) bragging about all the excess and thumbing his nose at the Inspector General’s office and the Obama administration:

Given the firings (which I strongly suspect are not even close to being over) at GSA and the small sums of actual money involved, this hardly qualifies as a real scandal, and will almost certaintly lead to more cautious spending on training conferences throughout the federal government.

But it’s also a lead-pipe certainty that conservatives will use this incident to justify big cuts in real federal services affecting real people in real need. I hope these idiots enjoyed themselves. They couldn’t have done a better job of self-destruction if they’d asked James O’Keefe to stage a phony sting. You know, just for laughs.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.