Friday, December 9, 2011

Washington Insiders Just Like to Hear Themselves Speak

Sometimes you have to wonder whether our elected officials actually hear themselves when they speak.

Then you realize that they live to hear the sound of their own voices, which is why they say as many dumb things as they do. After all, they can cram in a lot more them-time if they just babble like idiots.

Take Georgia’s Democrat Representative Hank Johnson, for example. He believes the whole kafuffle over the Fast and Furious gun running scheme “is another manufactured controversy by the second amendment, NRA Republican Tea Party movement.”

No matter that it was the Obama administration’s Attorney General Eric Holder who authorized it, purposely allowing Mexican drug cartels to purchase firearms and bring them across the border – allegedly to track them – resulting in a decent hundred or so deaths, including that of a U.S. border agent.

Nope! This is clearly the “second amendment, NRA Republican Tea Party” group’s fault for putting poor Attorney General Holder on the spot like this: not his own fault at all, clearly. Because perfectly innocent people usually have to explain the difference between lying and misleading Congress as pertaining to “your state of mind and whether or not you had the requisite intent to come up with something that would be considered perjury or a lie.”

Again, babbling like an idiot.

Or consider President Obama, who told a group of Hanukkah guests that he and his “never need an excuse for a good party.” Really, there was no reason to say that unless he enjoys hearing himself, since he’s already made that very apparent with his constant golfing trips and vacations and soirees.

I guess that’s just how Washington works though, both the capitol and the state, as evidenced by Representative Rick Larsen’s staffers tweeting about their drunken activities on the taxpayer’s dime, and referring to the congressman as “my idiot boss,” among other things.

As unprofessional as that was, it’s hard to disagree with the sentiment, considering Larsen’s voting record on issues such as abortion, national security and energy. My biggest issue with his staffers' tweets is simply this: They didn’t include nearly enough people in that description.

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