Kyl, McCain to White House: Threats “patently offensive”

posted at 6:30 pm on July 15, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

The tag-team effort to intimidate Senator Jon Kyl and the state of Arizona by threatening to withhold federal funds got a quick, pointed, and direct response from Kyl and his fellow Senator, John McCain.  The two sent letters to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood that castigates them for their “patently offensive” threats — and a reminder where the money originates:

We were very disappointed to learn of the letters that you and other members of the
Cabinet sent to Arizona Governor Jan Brewer about stimulus spending and that you would allow
your good offices to be used so obviously for political purposes.

Secretary LaHood’s suggestion that the Administration will “make available” to
Arizonans tax dollars that they pay is patently offensive.

We hope this does not characterize your dealings with the Congress in the future.

Kyl had already offered this response yesterday:

It’s unfortunate that President Obama and his administration seem unwilling to debate the merits of the stimulus bill and acknowledge its shortcomings.  Instead, they have resorted to coordinated political attacks with the Democratic National Committee and the politicization of departments of government by using cabinet secretaries to issue thinly veiled threats to the Governor and the people of Arizona.  Since even the President acknowledges the stimulus isn’t working as well as he hoped, the administration should instead be willing to consider whether the unallocated stimulus money could be put to better use.

If they can’t win by argument, the Obama administration will resort to threats.  It’s apparently their money now, and they’re loathe to give it back to the ungrateful wretches that gave it to them in the first place.  What’s not to understand?

Good letter, gentlemen.


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highhopes on July 15, 2009 at 9:15 PM

Greta called it “blackmail” against Kyl. That’s a good step, too.

progressoverpeace on July 15, 2009 at 10:01 PM

Will Kyl and McCain remain RINOs after this? Will the people of Arizona tolerate this threat.

That remains to be seen.

madmonkphotog on July 15, 2009 at 10:01 PM

I wonder what Sen. Patty Murray, Washington (D-umbass) thinks of Transportation Secretary La Hood (YJCMTSUYK*) now that the stimulus bucks to Washington state, which operates the largest and highest volume ferry system in the US, comes in 17th right behind the saltwater-choked state of Kentucky.

Hey Patty, maybe the Kentuckians “Built schools and daycare centers, and we didn’t do that?

(Inside WA joke re Peppermint Patty’s comments about why the Afghans just Looooved UBL.)

*You Just Can’t Make This Shit Up, You Know!

drunyan8315 on July 15, 2009 at 10:23 PM

I totally agree. Let’s make Bwaney Fwank soil his panties.
guntotinglibertarian on July 15, 2009 at 7:47 PM

I would bet that is one of barney’s favorite pasttimes.

peacenprosperity on July 15, 2009 at 11:03 PM

Too bad McShame didn’t stand up to Obama like that during the campaign. Maybe we wouldn’t have the trillion dollar deficit that we have today if the loser had actually wanted to win!

flytier on July 15, 2009 at 11:05 PM

Washington as usual on steroids!

In other words, you can take the affirmative action candidate out of Chicago but you can’t take Chicago out of the affirmative action president.

OneGyT on July 15, 2009 at 11:08 PM

Too bad McShame didn’t stand up to Obama like that during the campaign. Maybe we wouldn’t have the trillion dollar deficit that we have today if the loser had actually wanted to win!

flytier on July 15, 2009 at 11:05 PM

Naaah, he still would have lost. He was the lamest possible candidate that the GOP could possibly have dreamed up.

Still would have been fun to watch though. And I might have thrown fewer pillows at my TV out of frustration if McCain would have fought back against Obama, just once in a while.

UltimateBob on July 15, 2009 at 11:21 PM

Will Kyl and McCain remain RINOs after this? Will the people of Arizona tolerate this threat.

That remains to be seen.

madmonkphotog on July 15, 2009 at 10:01 PM

John McCain is indeed a Rino, Kyle not so much, very rarely leaves the reservation.

jainphx on July 15, 2009 at 11:44 PM

Will Kyl and McCain remain RINOs after this? Will the people of Arizona tolerate this threat.

That remains to be seen.

madmonkphotog on July 15, 2009 at 10:01 PM

Arizona citizen you are apparently not. Kyl is no RINO and we know it.

Kelligan on July 16, 2009 at 2:34 AM

Ray LaHood, former Illinois Republican. He is the definition of the “Chicago Way”. What a tool.

JAW on July 16, 2009 at 7:00 AM

Good letter, good luck and goodnight.
Randy

williars on July 16, 2009 at 8:29 AM

This is the Age of Obama – so get used to threats and intimidation. Stories about threats and intimidation are non-stories and are the expected businesss as usual. Thinking that these people are just more aggressive politicians than usual and can be removed in the next election, is something like political culture shock.

Elections have consequenses and it is no use protesting once idiots place these statist/communists in power – they will do as they please until they are forceably removed at some point in time years from now.

Friendly21 on July 16, 2009 at 8:29 AM

President Bush didn’t bully nor did he ever condone it. What a shame for these immature Democrats.
It also is a display of intentional ignorance. Don’t they know these people make money and pay taxes and know Obama is applying his “exaction pricing” manipulation. Obama says if you do not go with him, you must pay a price.

seven on July 16, 2009 at 9:26 AM

If they can’t win by argument, the Obama administration will resort to threats.

It’s the Chicago way.

MarkTheGreat on July 16, 2009 at 10:45 AM

and they’re loathe to give it back to the ungrateful wretches that gave it to they confiscated it from in the first place.

Fixed.

Alma on July 16, 2009 at 12:15 PM

Is anyone surprised that the regime engages in Chicago machine politics?

kghahn on July 16, 2009 at 12:44 PM

I thought Republicans were supposed to be the big, strong tough guys.

But when somebody says “If you dont want the money, just let us know” suddenly that’s a “threat”.

Seriously, if this was so threatening, then why dont you quote the alleged threat? You dont do it because you know it would make the Republicans look ridiculous.

orange on July 16, 2009 at 1:01 PM

Obama has now, ostensibly, become a dictator. His arbitrary and autocratic rule has gone beyond civility because of his rancid tone.

Cr4sh Dummy on July 16, 2009 at 4:42 PM

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