“No Man’s life liberty or property is safe while the legislature is in session”.

- attributed to NY State Judge Gideon Tucker

Friday, June 18, 2010

Joe Barton & The GOP House's Gutless Leadership

Yet another reason John Boehner has to exit from the House GOP leadership.

Yesterday morning, I happened to be fortunate enough to hear, live, Texas GOP Representative Joe Barton, castigate Wonderboy's "shakedown" of BP for $20B. Here's the video from YouTube.

Late yesterday, the media reported that John Boehner threatened Barton with his 'ranking member' status on the committee if he didn't retract his statement.

Personally, I found Barton's original statement to be refreshing. Joe Biden's objection to it tells you Barton was on the right track.

After so many lies and outrageous statements from Frisco Nan these past few years, why would John Boehner care what Barton said? Especially when it was true, even though Barton prefaced it with many disqualifiers, distancing it from the GOP or his role as a House member.

Boehner seems to have his head up his ass on this. And so much else. The GOP House leadership should be proud that one of their own had the guts to call Wonderboy's thuggery for what it is, and uphold the rule of law in our republic.

Not take Barton to the woodshed and demand that he retract a statement which reflects reality.

This is the sort of behavior, by Boehner, to which I referred in my prior post, when I wondered whether a change in party domination of the House will really change anything of importance.

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