The Associated Press has photographed Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert (R-IL) ditching his brightly colored hydrogen automobile in favor of a gas-guzzling black SUV after exiting a news conference and photo opportunity at a Washington, DC gas station.
Hastert is not the only Congressman to have made "the switch" in the middle of the very short trip, according to the Associated Press, which has thus far named no other perpetrators.
He's so popular and doing such a wonderful job, you'd think he'd feel safe enough to go three blocks in an un-armored hybrid rather than get caught in a blatant act of hypocrisy just for a photo-op. I guess not. Perception is reality to these pols. In this case, the perception, and thus the reality, is 'business as usual'.