The supporters of the Columbia River Crossing fiasco continue to move toward the exits, rather like the guests at a giant's dinner party who realize that their host will devour the last few to remain. Last month Lee Beyer, chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee, withdrew his support. A few days later Senate president Peter Courtney said that the elephantine project doesn't have enough votes to pass the Senate. Yesterday Senator Bruce Starr announced that because Washington had withdrawn its support for the project, he would not vote to fund the CRC.
The erosion of support for the CRC could provide material to update Agatha Christie's famous novel. Ten supporters of the CRC are invited to a conference to plan how to get a funding bill through the legislature. One by one, they withdraw their support and leave, until at the end the host can announce, "And then there were none."