The 51st state of Washington DC elected it's representative to Congress Tuesday. OK, so Washington DC isn't a state yet. But like most wannabe states, they do have an official-like election to chose a "shadow" representative. The winner receives permission to wander around Congress and pretend; he gets to sit in a special chair and probably wear a secret decoder ring. No disrespect to winner Mike Panetta (above) ... it's just that shadow representatives don't get to do the important stuff... like vote. But I wish him all the best in his 51st state quest. And his 51st state license plates are really cool. I want one.