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And now, another episode in Democrat congressmen throwing tantrums…

posted at 10:10 am on October 21, 2009 by

It’s my way! My way or the highway!

Rep. Edolphus Towns (D-N.Y.) locked Republicans out of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee room to keep them from meeting when Democrats aren’t present.

Towns’ action came after repeated public ridicule from the leading Republican on the committee, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), over Towns’s failure to launch an investigation into Countrywide Mortgage’s reported sweetheart deals to VIPs.

Hm. Well, maybe the Democrats just didn’t want to waste time on something they thought was frivolous.

For months Towns has refused Republican requests to subpoena records in the case. Last Thursday Committee Republicans, led by Issa, were poised to force an open vote on the subpoenas at a Committee mark-up meeting. The mark-up was abruptly canceled. Only Republicans showed up while Democrats chairs remained empty.

Republicans charged that Towns canceled the meeting to avoid the subpoena vote. Democrats first claimed the mark-up was canceled due to a conflict with the Financial Services Committee. Later they said it was abandoned after a disagreement among Democratic members on whether to subpoena records on the mortgage industry’s political contributions to Republicans.

So…wait. First, they lied about why they refused to keep house in their own ranks, then they tried to avoid it altogether by bringing up how much money the Republicans have gotten from the mortgage industry? Do you really want to go down that road?

Still, though…Republicans must have been incredibly abusive towards the Democrats to get the doors locked on them. I mean…right?

A GOP committee staffer captured video of Democrats leaving their separate meeting in private chambers after the mark-up was supposed to have begun. He spliced the video to other footage of the Democrats’ empty chairs at the hearing room, set it to the tune of “Hit the Road, Jack” and posted it on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee’s minority webpage, where it remained as of press time.

Towns’s staffers told Republicans they were not happy about the presence of the video camera in the hearing room when they were not present. Issa’s spokesman said the Democrats readily acknowledged to Republicans that they changed the locks in retaliation to the videotape of the Democrats’ absence from the business meeting even though committee rules allow meetings to be taped.

…so, um…they were videotaping the fact that the Democrats weren’t there. Now, I could easily understand if the Democrats don’t like being videotaped saying stupid crap, especially since Joe Biden refuses to read the memo on that point. However, the Democrats are pissed off that they’re taping empty chairs. I guess the implication that they’re not being the bipartisan saints they portray themselves to be bothers them a tad. Well, let’s just hope they don’t make a habit out of this, or anything.

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As far as the dems are concerned the GOP has no right to question them for ANYTHING they do. When they are questioned or shown to be out and out lying on any issue, the subject always goes to “But YOU did THIS.”

That’s always the last hope for any guilty party: try to turn the charges around on your adversary. Too bad for them that the GOP (in some cases) is getting smarter on this one.

Mad Mad Monica on October 21, 2009 at 1:25 PM

The reason the founders allowed dueling is becoming apparent.

chicken thief on October 21, 2009 at 6:32 PM

I spoke with a local NC state rep recently who mentioned similar tactics. He said we would be amazed at the level of secrecy/lock outs and other intimidation used to silence minority views. Seems like something out of a playbook, almost. hmmmm.

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