D.C.'s partisans easily brush off attacks from their political opponents -- at least until those jabs take out the city's popular food trucks.
The Democratic National Committee poked a little fun at the Republican National Committee Thursday, parking their new tour bus outside RNC headquarters to show off the vehicle's loud attacks on presidential candidate Mitt Romney's tenure as Massachusetts governor.
The particular parking space they chose, however, is usually occupied by the celebrated food truck Tasty Kabob -- prompting at least one hungry RNC staffer to lament the truck's absence from its usual location.
"This is just more Democrats literally standing in the way of small business as food trucks work hard to make a living," RNC press secretary Kirsten Kukowsi said in an email.
But, as DNC spokeswoman Caroline Ciccone was quick to point out, Tasty Kabob easily found a spot across the street, and when asked, didn't seem too upset at the change in location.
"We park anywhere, as long as there's a meter," one of the truck's workers said.
Ciccone was adamant that the DNC had no intention of standing between hungry staffers and their middle-eastern food.
"There's no one who's a bigger Tasty Kabob fan than the DNC," she said. "That is one issue that I think brings Democrats and Republicans together, is our love of food trucks in general and Tasty Kabob specifically. They're right there -- we will give them a lot of business today."
The DNC hasn't heard any comment from the RNC yet, but they're hoping the bus will turn a few staffers' heads.
"Well, we couldn't get it to Boston, and there's no better place to have it than in front of the RNC," Ciccone said. "This is the candidate that they're supporting and this is a good way for them to see what Mitt Romney's really all about."
The RNC's staffers seemed mostly unaware of the bus's presence. At least two of the braver young men, however, tried to board -- asking the DNC intern on the bus how long they would be parked there and doing their best to glean some insight into internal DNC operations.
"We just want to see inside," they joked.
Photo: The DNC parked their new bus outside RNC headquarters near Capitol Hill Thursday (Brad Woodhouse).