So according to The Hill‘s David McCabe, the Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee had a special message for the federal employees who were told not to come to work today:

“Wimps,” wrote Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah.) “Snowing in DC and they close the government. Imagine if the rest of the country closed when it snowed.”

Chaffetz lives in Alpine, Utah, where the temperatures were below freezing on Tuesday morning.

The federal government closed on Tuesday after a snowstorm covered the metro area with 4 to 6 inches of snow, which was on the low end of what meteorologists had predicted.

You know who Chaffetz reminds me of? My many New Yorker classmates at Emory University back in the 70s who greeted every rare snow- or ice-storm in Atlanta by getting in their cars and driving around all day bitching about the “stupid southerners” who didn’t know how to function in winter weather.

No, Washingtonians aren’t as adept as people from Utah at dealing with snow because there’s a lot less of it. There are fewer snow plows, because there’s no reason to spend large sums on them for the occasional storm; fewer snow tires and chains, for the same reason; and less experience with navigating snow and ice, because if people wanted to spend all winter navigating ice and snow, they’d live somewhere else, wouldn’t they?

People like Chaffetz should be forced to spend a few summer days in a swamp where the locals could mock him for his wimpy fear of water moccasins and gators.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.