Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) has already drawn a lesson from the water main break that is still sending frigid water gushing down Montgomery County's River Road. The takeaway: Montgomery County needs more federal money for infrastructure.
After complimenting first responders for pulling trapped drivers out of harm's way, he noted during an interview with MSNBC that "this water main wasn't that old," but added that "these are the types of projects we want to see addressed" in President-elect Barack Obama's upcoming economic stimulus package.
"These are exactly the types of programs we want to get started," he said, suggesting that the scale of the accident will mean "special attention to Montgomery County" will be paid by the next Congress.