Ohio Republicans Are Mad About a Mountain in Alaska

Written by SK Ashby

I doubt the average lawmaker could tell you if you asked them to name the highest mountain in America, but if President Obama is for something, Republicans must be against it.

Ohio Republicans are very upset with President Obama for renaming Mount McKinley which was named after former Ohio Governor and President William McKinley.

"I'm deeply disappointed in this decision," Boehner said, after noting that McKinley served in the Army during the Civil War before representing Ohio in Congress and as governor. [...]

"The naming of the mountain has been a topic of discussion in Congress for many years. This decision by the Administration is yet another example of the President going around Congress," [Rob Portman] said. [...]

"This political stunt is insulting to all Ohioans, and I will be working with the House Committee on Natural Resources to determine what can be done to prevent this action," Rep. Bob Gibbs (R-Ohio) said in a statement.

Ohio Republicans may be angry about the decision, but Republicans in Alaska are not.

Naming the mountain after McKinley was the original insult. The mountain was originally known as Denali, which in native language means "great one," but it was officially renamed to McKinley in 1917. President William McKinley never even visited Alaska during his time in office.

There are clearly far more important things for Congress to deal with when it returns from recess in the coming weeks, such as averting a government shutdown, but it would not surprise me to see this come up again.

Maybe the Ohio delegation will file a lawsuit. That would be right up John Boehner's alley.