Monday, April 09, 2007

Tim Walberg and Nancy Pelosi

At a recent town hall meeting our great Congressman Tim Walberg commented on Speaker Pelosi's recent trip to Syria. This from the Adrian Daily Telegram,
Fred Gallagher, a former Republican candidate for state representative from Adrian, expressed his concerns about the leadership of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., especially her current trip to Syria. Walberg said her being the speaker is the result of last fall’s election.

“She is the speaker, and she is the third heartbeat away from the presidency,” Walberg said. “I’m living with it and making the best of it.”
What Walberg failed to do was set the record straight. He did not bother to inform Mr. Gallagher that Republicans also have gone to Syria. Congressman Walberg why are you not concerned about your Republican colleagues going to Syria? Is it because you got your talking points from the White House? This from the New York Times,

President George W. Bush criticized Ms. Pelosi’s visit today during a news conference at the White House. He said the visit sent “mixed signals” that “lead the Assad government to believe they are part of the mainstream of the international community, w
n in fact they are a state sponsor of terror” and supporter of anti-Israeli militants like Hamas and Hezbollah.

“Sending delegations hasn’t worked,” Mr. Bush said. “It’s just simply been counterproductive.”

This from Rep. Nick Rahall (D-WV)
Rahall said, “The Speaker had met with President Bush in the halls of the U.S. Capitol just the day before we left and mentioned to him that we were going to Syria. No response at all from the President.”
Tim Walberg is just another rubber stamp Republican.

Thanks for mentioning this, Doug. I had planned to write something about that town hall, but the last week has been crazy for me...

In addition to the "It's OK If You're A Republican" attitude Walberg seems to take, I was disturbed by the general tone of both Gallagher and Walberg. If I remember correctly, Gallagher said something like, "We've got to do something about Nancy Pelosi." I don't know about anyone else, but that creeped me out.

Frankly, I'm relieved to know that after six years, finally someone is willing to lead. If President Bush and the GOP aren't willing to work to solve problems, they should step aside and let someone serious do the job.
I think we need to remember when Mr. Gallagher ran for office a few years back, he got trounced. Stomped in the ground defeated. From his Walberg comments I can see why.
Doug, I was not there because I cannot listen to Walberg with a straight face anymore.

The big point I took from your account (and the Telegram's) of that exchange was the fact that someone asked a pointed question about Pelosi which, to me, was more about foreign policy, international relations, terrorism, the role of the Speaker of the House in international affairs, war, peace, etc. It was an opportunity for him to expound on his personal opinions on Syria, state-sponsored terrorism, the Middle East and/or Pelosi's trip.

But what we get, or what has been reported so far is Walberg recalling the election and how he is "making the best of it." Did he answer the question or offer any opinion? Maybe he will make it the subject of his next online "Walberg Weekly Report," but I didn't hear an answer.

I guess I am used to Congressmen who answer serious questions directly. Schwarz and Smith were both well versed in international relations and it is sad we now have someone who limits their knowledge base to social issues and bland, spin-doctor-approved talking points.

Believe me, I'd love to be corrected here, but did he really blow off that question?
Frankly, he's waaaay out of his league. He should never have been elected.

"It's hard to do a battle of wits with an unarmed person!"

Its no wonder he's the least effective Congressman in Washington!
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