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Not a lot of folks would go to a first ladies museum even if it were located in the childhood home of one of America’s most prominent and important president’s wives, such as Martha Washington, Abigail Adams, Dolley Madison, Eleanor Roosevelt or Jackie Kennedy. Based in the home of Ida Saxton McKinley, the site has no hope of drawing many visitors.

Mrs. McKinley is hardly a notable first lady. She was plagued with epilepsy and rarely appeared in public. At dinners, Ida always sat next to her husband, allowing the president to cover Ida’s head with a napkin if she was struck by one of her frequent seizures. President McKinley didn’t want his dinner guests to be put off by the temporary facial distortions the seizures often caused.

Let’s be honest, though. The point of the museum was never to draw visitors and generate money. The point was to create a pork project that would give then-Rep. Regula something to brag to his constituents about, while at the same time creating a job for his wife.

In that regard, the First Ladies National Historic Site has been a total success.

In the eyes of taxpayers who will once again be forced to shell out almost $1 million this year to subsidize the failing museum, however, the First Ladies National Historic Site has been, and will always be, a flop.

Drew Johnson is an editorial writer at The Washington Times.