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I rise to recognize the gentleman from Illiteristan

By on 7.6.09 | 10:31AM

So I'm out running this morning, listening to the radio, specifically to Glenn Beck's show. The guest host mentions how Katie Couric among other media grandees treated Sarah Palin as an illiterate pretender, asking for example with a whiff of disbelief and can-t-wait-to-hear-this what she reads in the morning. The show went to a commercial break, so I flipped to a local talk show (1070-AM, WINA...go there to see if they post the interview from early in the 9-o'clock hour!).

My Congressman, freshman Tom Periello (D-VA), was defending his vote for the Waxman-Markey global warming tax. Woof, would that he were named Palin, or Bush. The young man single-handedly provided the strongest argument I have encountered for adopting a system of parliamentary-style debate, as at least a means of improving the lot of our elected officials. Or, if you are unable to, ah, manage the issues on which you vote, then against such a system.

He stated that people who think this bill and its mandates will kill vs. create jobs aren't living in the real world. In the real world, we are already "hemorrhaging jobs" to (specifically) India and China because -- wait for it -- they've already done these things!

Still recovering from this one I was treated to a pirouette soon thereafter when he responded to a question by the co-host whether he really thinks China, for example, will follow a U.S. lead like this when the Chinese don't seem to believe in global warming. The Right Honorable explained that it wasn't so much a lack of believing, but a lack of caring, behind why they haven't done what they've already done which is stealing our jobs which, he then pivoted and said, were lost because people slammed our economy by buying things on credit (presumably "green" things from China and India after Bush told them to after 9/11... For fun, picture the Moonbats monitoring this site now feverishly nodding, if wondering so, what's the issue here?).

And so on. Defending whatever you do as right? Critical. Facts...not so much. Talk about "better to remain silent and be presumed...", but as I say, see if they post this gem (surely against the congressional office's protestations), you've got to listen to the whole thing. The Dems had better hope Sen.s Webb and Warner do a little better if they try to pull off the same vote against their constituents. The rules of the Senate are at least slightly more accommodating to drawing attention to such deep thought.

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