The source is sketchy but the details are characteristically boorish. Plus, he’s a freshman, just like Webb was when he picked his own fight with Bush at the White House meet and greet. It’s a quick and dirty way to earn street cred with the nutroots and, in Kagen’s case, boost one’s Q rating.
Taking a shot at Mrs. Bush, though? That’s just love for the game.
When meeting President Bush The Scene reports that Kagen told Bush, “Mr. President thank you for coming to Green Bay. My name is Dr. Multimillionaire. That was before the race. Now they call me Doctor (sic) Thousandaire. I couldn’t have won without you coming.” The Scene also reports that Kagen purposely referred to Laura Bush as Barbara when he met her. According to The Scene Kagen stated when meeting the First Lady, “Hi Barbara, how are ya?” The Scene relayed that Kagen did this because Kagen learned “that the meanest thing you can say to another gentleman is he is a fine fellow and you then refer to his spouse by a different name.”
Brave guy. Stephen-Colbert-at-the-White-House-correspondents-dinner brave.
Follow the first link for an account of his exchange with Rove and Cheney. Sean Hackbarth also points me here, where his staff is caught in a bit of transparent, albeit petty and pardonable, plagiarism.
Update: The plagiarism has now been purged.