For politicians like Berkley, Memorial Day is a work day


Let’s say you have Monday — Memorial Day — off. (Lots of people do, of course, but this is Las Vegas, where more than the average number of people work odd hours and odd days.)

If you have the day off, what are you going to do? Well, first you probably are going to sleep in. Get a few extra hours in bed to make up for whatever kept you up on Saturday and Sunday.

Next you’re going to get up slowly, gradually. Maybe you won’t shower right away. Maybe you’ll fix a nice breakfast, or eventually find your way to Einstein’s for a bagel.

Then, around noon, you’ll start thinking about what you need to do to prepare for an afternoon or evening barbecue. You also might spend some time watching the basketball playoffs or a baseball game on TV.

This is what Memorial Day looks like for many of us. But it’s a different kind of day for many politicians. A case in point is Rep. Shelley Berkley, D-Nev. For Berkley and others, Memorial Day is an opportunity to send a message to voters that they support veterans, support the troops, support the families of the troops, etc.

On Friday, Berkley released her Memorial Day schedule: 8 a.m., Bunkers Memorial Gardens, 7251 Lone Mountain Road; 9 a.m., Palm Mortuary, 1325 N. Main St.; 9:30 a.m., Bunkers Woodlawn Cemetery; 1 p.m., Boulder City Veterans’ Cemetery.

This is quite an ambitious schedule (I don’t know for sure, but I suspect Berkley is going to be a little late for the Bunkers Woodlawn gig). It’s not all that unusual, though, for Berkley, who is tireless when it comes to this kind of thing. That’s partly why she gets 80 percent of the vote every two years.

For me, it’s a reminder of why I don’t think I’ll ever take the plunge into politics. I want to sleep in on Memorial Day.