Roy Blunt is Scared of Bloggers
I would rather lick fire ants off a stick than
see Roy Blunt as Majority Leader. I'm not at the point of making a firm endorsement
of either Reps. Shaddeg or Boehner, but the sun will set in a blazing red
sky to the east of Casablanca before I'd want Roy Blunt as Majority leader.
When we got on the line, Rep. Blunt made a statement,
part of which I found confusing, because he said that he knew most of us had
already endorsed Shadegg, which was news to me. Indeed, one of the email conversations
that we've had between the blogger group was whether or not we should provide
an endorsement of anybody at all, and the consensus seemed to be that, while
some of us might individually do so, as a group we should not. My impression
was that most individuals wouldn't be providing an endorsement, either. So,
this statement caught me by surprise.
Then, when Rep. Blunt opened the floor for questions,
the next surprise was that the first question came from someone from GOP Bloggers.
He wasn't a part of our group, i.e., the one organized by NZ Bear. How did
he get on the call? This guy then proceeded to throw a softball at Rep Blunt,
essentially asking him if those naughty Democrats were just dirty liars for
denying that they had anything to do with Jack Abramoff, and was the Congressman
going to fight back properly? Then, the next questioner was from Townhall.com.
WTF? I mean, while Townhall has what is technically a blog, Townhall is nothing
more than an organ of the Heritage Institute. And they weren't part of our
group either. He tossed another softball at Rep. Blunt, asking why Blunt hadn't
gotten support from Conservative icons. Icons like…well…Townhall. And
NRO. [Townhall's Tim Chapman has notified me that he objects to my characterization
of his question. He should feel free to publicly correct me at Townhall.com.
Just be sure to get the link URL to QandO right, Tim.â€”EDF]
So at this point it was obvious that, rather than just
talking to our group, which was already organized, Rep. Blunt had pulled in
ringers, and, having asked for questions in advanceâ€”which I declined
to provide, by the wayâ€”had screened them prior to the conference call.
So, at this point, I'm feeling like we're being played. Unlike the calls with
the other candidates, which were unscripted, Blunt had turned this into the
least spontaneous event possible.
The Blunt call was a disaster for Rep. Blunt.
Then, Rep. Blunt just outright pissed me off. He said words to the effect
that, while he understood that many of us supported someone else, and he knew
we'd be writing up the call later, he hoped we wouldn't write or do something
that would jeopardize our ability to work together later, and since he was
gonna winâ€”already had the votes locked up, in factâ€”we would be
dealing with him.
The Bush mentality of stacking audiences has obviously infected
the leadership of the House. It's also obvious, by the above bloggers
comments about the call, that Roy Blunt has no intention of having any sort of discourse
with anyone who is remotely critical of him. What this means is that if Roy
Blunt is elected majority leader it will be just like Tom Delay, because Blunt
will likely continue keeping the Democrats on the PLANTATION, because the massa
of du House doesn't like uppity congresspeople. Blunt likes a well oiled
machine with no dissent and everyone stepping in line like good little Republican
Roy Blunt has no business being majority leader. He is a disgrace
to the state where I was born and raised. If Harry Truman was alive today he'd
say so flatly, plainly and never stop hoping that someone would dethrown this