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Thomas, who is famous for his temper, and who has been known to stalk out of meetings in his own private office, angered Democrats when he ordered the House sergeant at arms to call in the Capitol Hill police if Democratic House Ways and Means committee members refused to re-convene for the markup of a bill. Most Democrats had marched out of the committee room in protest, leaving Rep. Pete Stark to scream homophobic remarks at Republicans. Evidently he hates it when they call him by his real name, Fortney.
“It was all very embarrassing to us,” says a House Republican leadership aide. “Hastert has been hearing from a number of Republican members that it has been increasingly difficult to work with Thomas. He’s been a real pain in the ass, and this was just the last straw.”
Thomas beat Illinois Rep. Philip Crane for the Ways and Means seat three years ago, upsetting some conservatives who disliked Thomas’s brash style.
Thomas had refused to apologize for his actions, even in a closed door meeting with the Republican caucus. But on Tuesday, according to Hill sources, Hastert laid down the law and told Thomas to get with the program.
For all of the glee some Republicans took in seeing Thomas humbled, they were reminded that there are worse personalities in their midst. While many Democrats welcomed Thomas’s weepy tale of woe, Nancy Pelosi, who herself is facing increasing doubts about her leadership future, said the apology wasn’t good enough.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
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The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?