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Black on Black It wasn't Kwame's pricey ride that doomed him. It was the hissy fit over the decor.

It wasn’t just that D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown demanded a Lincoln Navigator, as if legislative duties might somehow require off-roading. It wasn’t even that Brown’s staff insisted, in emails to the Department of Public Works, that said Navigator be “fully loaded”—with a DVD player. It was that Brown rejected the first such ride because of its color scheme. (He later said vehicles with black interiors tend to hold their value better. Never mind that the city was leasing his SUV.) The request was so out of touch that Brown couldn’t squirm his way out of it; the fact he only offered to repay some, not all, of the taxpayer money didn’t help. By spring, he was driving the car any political consultant would have told him to stick with all along: A broken-down old postal truck that he’s had for nearly a decade. Talk about holding value.

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