Thursday, February 08, 2007

Hypocrisy = GOP

Hypocrisy is, following a Republican speaker of the House who regularly used Air Force transport on taxpayer time and money, complaining about the new Democrat speaker doing the same. That's what GOPers in the U.S. House of Representatives are doing in response to Nancy Pelosi taking advantage of a privilege exploited by both political parties for years. MSNBC reports.

What's funny about this, however, is that Republicans are taking issue not with Pelosi's use of military transport, but the size of the airplane.

"Republicans are taking issue with the size of the plane. Pelosi and the Defense Department are discussing letting her fly in a C-32 plane, a military version of the Boeing 757-200. Neither the Speakers's office nor administration sources has ever specifically said that Pelosi has requested the modified 757."
This is what GOPers, deprived of their power in the House of Representatives after twelve years, have come to? An empty criticism, devoid of any real merit? If Pelosi were caught, say, taking bribes as disgraced former Representative Randy "Duke" Cunningham was, that would be a legitimate complaint. If she were caught with bundles of money in her freezer, like William Jefferson was, that too would be legitimate cause for concern. And it might even be a valid point if, having exploited military transport for personal use for years, Republicans were accusing Pelosi of hypocrisy after her party promised to clean up corruption at the Capitol Building.

But this is mere quibbling over an unconfirmed charge about the size of an airplane. If that's the biggest complaint Republicans can make about the new majority, they risk relegating themselves permanently to the role of circus clowns, providing comic relief and little else of substance during the current session of Congress.

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