Saturday, June 30, 2007

this is why people don't like congress!

Sen. George Voinovich (R.-OH) was a guest on The Sean Hannity Show last Wednesday (6-27). In the interest of intellectual honesty, please allow me to summarize my feelings about Sen. Voinovich this way:

I can't remember a time when I have heard an elected public official, Republican or Democrat, display more arrogance, rudeness, and downright ignorance than what I heard from Voinovich. Forrest Gump says, "stupid is as stupid does," and Voinovich gave the perfect illustration on Wednesday. You can add "condescending" and "arrogant" to Forrest's folksy little saying, as well. Listen to the interview yourself at

Some observations:

1. Clearly, Voinovich has never heard of the Fairness Doctrine, and doesn't know what it is (listen to Hannity's first question). I can understand that. Analysis of the Fairness Doctrine has only been in EVERY SINGLE NEWSPAPER IN AMERICA! The pros and the cons of the Fairness Doctrine have only been debated on EVERY SINGLE CONSERVATIVE RADIO SHOW and EVERY SINGLE BLOG and EVERY SINGLE TV NEWS SHOW IN AMERICA!! Sorry. I got a little carried away there with the caps. HOW IN THE WORLD (sorry!) can George Voinovich not know what the Fairness Doctrine is? I am stunned beyond belief at his utterly clueless, ignorant answer to Hannity's question. "I'm for the Fairness Doctrine, whatever that is." GOOD GRIEF!

2. Voinovich, when asked by Hannity if he was in favor of a cloture vote on the immigration bill (which would end debate and allow Democrats to pass the bill) Voinovich at first said "no." He said that no Senator should hide behind a cloture vote. Then, in the same breath, he said that the bill deserved an up or down vote. Uh....what? That's like saying "I stand firmly on both sides of this issue." Hannity was clearly confused by the answer, as you can probably tell from his follow up questions.

3. As the interview went on, it became more and more clear that Voinovich had no idea what was in the bill, or what was contained in the many amendments. Although he cast a vote on Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison's (R.-TX) amendment, he clearly had no clue whatsoever what the amendment said, or whether the amendment passed. As Hannity pushed him on those points, Voinovich became aggressively hostile. He accused Hannity of trying to "intimidate" him, and he lashed out at all of the ordinary Americans--we the people--who DARED to call his office and express their opinions on the issue. He vowed to ignore them.

4. About 5 minutes into the interview, Voinovich began to unravel. He couldn't answer any of Hannity's questions, particularly the question about how much money the amnesty bill would cost the American taxpayer, because he had no idea what was in the bill. He tried to run over Hannity and recite his own talking points, and Hannity wouldn't let him. Voinovich came completely unhinged, and hung up on Hannity.

I would like to believe that Voinovich is an exception to the rule, and that most of our federal legislators aren't as arrogantly stupid as he is. One lives in hope!


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