06 January 2009

"A Bunch of Bitchy Little Girls"

Remember way back in the heady days of Sept and Oct 2008? The White House worked out language for a banking bailout bill with the Congressional Democrats, but they failed to invite the House Republicans to the discussions. Then the Speaker of the House gave a terribly partisan speech blaming Republicans for everything wrong with the world, possibly including the fall of Constantinople.

The Republicans in the House voted against the bill, and the House's Mr Integrity*, said of the Republicans:

Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, scoffed, " 'Somebody hurt my feelings, so I will punish the country.' "

Fast forward to yesterday. Word came out in the press the Leon Panetta will be nominated to head the CIA by President-elect Obama. (Leave aside the considerations of whether this is a good choice, and why it was made, for now.) The Washington Post reports:

His lack of experience drew immediate questions, most notably from Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the incoming chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, who said she was not briefed on his selection and learned about it from news accounts.


"I was not informed about the selection of Leon Panetta to be the CIA director," Feinstein, who in her new post will oversee his confirmation hearings, said in a statement. "My position has consistently been that I believe the agency is best served by having an intelligence professional in charge at this time."

Today, FoxNews is reporting (no link yet) that President-elect Obama and VP-elect Biden both called Senator Feinstein and apologized for not filling her in in advance, and now she is all hunky-dory with the choice.

So this was not really about Leon Panetta, or his experience. It was about Senator Feinstein's feelings being hurt.

We enjoy the show Burn Notice. A regular character, Sam, made a comment during the first episode that has been picked up and is now part of the introduction to the show each week:

You know spies; a bunch of bitchy little girls.

I guess you could say the same thing about the Senate.

(And no, this has nothing to do with Sen Feinstein's gender.)

* From Mo Rocca's blog:

[S]everal years ago [Congressman Barney Frank] answered a personal ad in the Washington Blade in which a male prostitute, Stephen Gobie, drew public attention to his "hot bottom" and "large endowment." Frank began to pay Gobie for sex and even invited Gobie to move in with him. When the arrangement soured, Gobie revealed to the press that he had been running a full-service prostitution ring out of Frank's Capitol Hill apartment.

1 comment:

Exodio said...

No offense, but is this the best you could do? Don't get me wrong - I enjoy reading your one sided partisan views. I even agree with some of them. But comparing this situation to the (perceived) situation with the Republicans in September (or as I like to call it, the day the USSA came into being (United Socialist States of America), courtesy of George W. Bush and his Liberal Congress) is not even in the same ballpark.

Feeling you had your toes stepped on but then accepting the choice (in Feinstein's case) is not even close to feeling you had your toes stepped on and switching a vote on a very crucial piece of legislation are totally different. In Feinstein, she expressed her feelings, and Team Obama came to her and assuaged them. In the Bailout, the Republicans expressed their feelings by voting against a bill of possibly the biggest importance in a decade (since the Patriot Act).

Now, before you jump all over my response, please keep in mind that I am talking about the accusations against the Republicans. If you are going by the Dem's setup about why they voted against the bill, because of the hurt feelings. Which personally I doubt really happened - that whole debacle, including the 12 Republican votes, was just nicely scripted hysteria for the benefit of We the People who were ultimately the ones getting screwed. WE are the ones who should have hurt feelings that there was ever a consideration from any Conservative to vote for that shameful piece of legislation.

But i think I digress a bit.

Overall, weak.